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2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
I have owned my speed3 for almost 2 years now. In that time I have put 54,000 miles on it. I can say that it's a fun car, It has a good amount of cargo space, and it roadtrips well. The fuel economy isn't bad, but the read out is a bit optimistic. I use the car for family roadtrips (500mi one way my wife and I), work (multiple 500 mi days per week), and even the ocasional track day. Currently at 77k and really nothing unexpected as far as maintence goes. Spirited public roads driving the speed3 is as much fun as the GTO and 540i M-sport I have owned previously. It does have understeer at the limit, and that does sap a bit of track day fun.
The power! It will pin you back and put a grin on your face. The shifter is a bit knotchy but you know you're in gear. The handling is superb. It has great balance and a 9/10 is as much fun as more expensive cars.
Stock tires do not last long at all. I switched to Continental DWS they last twice as long, are more quiet and soften the ride a bit. Stock front pads will turn your wheels black in a week. I switched to Hawk HPS and less dusting but just as good on the stopping power. Road noise/engine noise can be a bit annoying when the car is driven in the just get me home mode.
2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
To start off, I've only owned this car for 4 days now. I was a very proud rx8 owner and loved every bit of it, except for the gas mileage. This car, has everything that you want. Perfect handling, the right amount of power, it's very practical and to be honest, economical. I know people will be like "economical? it only gets 18mpg!" Yeah, when you're flooring it everywhere. When I drove home from the dealership I was about 50 miles away from home. I drove it like a grandma and averaged 34mpg. So if you really want to economical, this car can definitely do it. I can't talk on the reliability as I just got the car, but I still rated it a 5 because I love everything about this car.
Didn't like the front grill at first, but I got it in black so it's not very noticeable. But they shouldn't of made the 'happy' face. Other than that this car is perfect.
2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
I owned this car for about a year and had absolutely no issues with it. Added on a couple of goodies (Corksport intake and cat delete, Cobb Accessport) which significantly increased the power without sacrificing MPG or driveability. For the $$ the MS3 really is the performance bargain of the century. Great build quality and reliability, handling, power, it's all there. Don't listen to the weenies who complain about torque steer, it's really not bad or difficult to control. Wheels spinning? STOP PUSHING THE GAS PEDAL. It's not complicated. The only reason I got rid of the car was the ride comfort. We have horrible roads in Ohio with giant potholes and lots of speed bumps so it was just a pain
Plenty of space with the seats folded down. I have a 86lb golden retriever and he had more than enough room, even with just one of the seats folded. Standard stereo sounds awesome, the Bose upgrade is a waste of money. The nav isn't worth it either. Stick with the base model. Love the torque and turbo spool-up sound after installing an intake (not an easy installation though).
Limited aftermarket, ride comfort on rough roads. Not really enough space in the back seat for kids or car seats. 18" tires are expensive and ride VERY firm
I bought my Speed 3 w/ tech package after driving my girlfriends new Mazda 3 S. After driving her car I knew a Mazda would be my next purchase. These cars are amazing! They fly around the corners with ease! I not talking about cornering around a curb at 30 mph, Im talking sideways at 60-70 mph. These things hold a line so well its like youre on rail! The best thing about going around a corner in my Speed 3 is that its absolutely flat while doing it. Im in love! Power is a huge + this thing is a rocket ship!! Fuel economy is great too. I averaged 28 mpg on my last tank. Only thing I would complain about is theres a small amount of torque steer, but that adds to the fun. Great job MAZDA!
Handling!! Power!!! Interior and Exterior Styling! Transmission Navigation Push button start No keys required!
I would improve the motor mounts or at least put a shock absorber on the motor to reduce all that torque while shifting. I'm going to install the ingalls shock soon, I hear it eliminates all of that shutter.
Owned this baby for 34,000 miles now! First off, this is a really fun car to own. I have three kids (9yrs and 6yr twins) and they fit with no problem in this car (even with boosters). Never get tired of the power this car makes in every gear, passes without downshifting. Fuel eco is not exceptional, but coming out of a 12mpg truck I've at least doubled it. Have to use premium fuel, runs like hell on lower octane fuel. If you live in an area that gets snow you will need a set of winter tires, I don't care how great a driver you think you are, the performance tires on this car are outright dangerous when temps fall in the 30's. All in all I would highly recommend this to anyone!
POWER! Lets be honest, you are buying this because its a fun car to drive. My wife has a yukon denali with a 6.2 liter and all the bells and whistles, but I would rather be driving my mazda. Interior is 2010 models are lightyears beyond previous models. Not a nice as the GTI's, but the performance will more than make up for that. I rarely see other cars on the road that I wish I owned. This car handles like its on rails, you can slam it into tight turns and it just goes...no body roll or skitishness. Roomy...for a little car there is tons of roam in this thing for kids, groceries, golf bags, luggage...whatever. Compare to similar models and you'll see. The nav screen is perfect.
Ok, this car isn't perfect...these items are annoying but minor. Bose should be embarrased their name is on this radio. The Bose in GMC is 100 times better. Tires produce a lot of road noise (my winter ones are much quieter). Clutch lets out the at the last 10% of throw...again, annoying but fine. Have a squeak around the instrument pod, which is a common complaint. Some complain of torque steer, to me it a reminder that the turbo is working it's magic. One reviewer said driving this car hard is a bit like riding a bull, I couldn't agree more...and that never gets old! You'll need ramps for oil changes...not uncommon for a low sitting car. Give us all the power in first two gears!!
I have had my Mazdaspeed 3 for 3 months and 3700 miles now and have noticed things I love and things that need improvement. The car handles very well, but may be a bit harsh for some. The interior is very nicely laid out (love the blue accent lighting). The exterior styling can take a bit getting used to. I bought mine in Black, so the "happy face" is not noticeable at all. I drive very conservatively so I have been averaging around 23-24 mpg with a 60-40 mix of city and highway driving. Overall a nice car and a great value, but Mazda needs to work on the clutch on these cars. My clutch is taking away from the fun of driving it, which is a big reason why people buy these cars.
Excellent value for the money, leather interior, interior lighting, hatchback versatility, room for grown ups in the back. The tech package is a great value. Sure the Nav screen is tiny, but it is right where the driver needs it. Love the phone and radio controls on the steering wheel. I thought the "smart key" and start button would be a bit gimmicky, but I have really grown to appreciate them. The car handles very well and has a ton of power. Fuel economy isn't too bad, all things considered, but I am hoping to get my daily commute mileage closer to 25-26 mpg from 23-24 mpg.
No temperature gauge (c'mon how hard could it have been to add this...) for that matter, how about an oil pressure gauge as well. Clutch is very binary. I have driven manual transmission cars since 1984 and have never had such a challenge getting used to a clutch before. I test drove 2 Mazdaspeeds and they both had this problem. Motortrend noted this same problem in their long term tester as well. If I lived in San Francisco, it would be a deal-breaker for me. The cruise control on mine sometimes gets confused after a long downhill followed by an uphill. The Bose stereo is just ok. It's better than the one in my Protege5 but nothing to write home to mom about in my opinion.
700 Letters can't do this little red rocket justice but I'll try! It handles like it's on proverbial rails. The steering is so tight it's easy to oversteer for the first few trips out. The ride is as it should be fun and tight. You do feel and hear the road more than a lot of cars, but that's the way things are when you're riding in a Road Race car suspension. This Zoom Zoom straightens out the highway with flat corners and extremely tight steering. The engine revs like a sewing machine but not like Grandmas!! The Turbo brings it to life like no 4 cylinder I've ever driven. RPMs are quick and effortless. The interior is comfortable with everything within reach and it seats "5"
The Steering, handling, power, looks, comfort, And the point blank fun Factor It's all here in this package. The interior is very comfortable, You can make long trips without your back hurting. Plus you can seat five without cramping any one of them.The shifter,GPS,Radio,AC and heater controls are easily within reach. Radio controls are on the steering wheel as is the Blue tooth phone controls Just a left thumb movement answers and makes calls and controls radio volume. The right thumb controls GPS screen and information center. Gauges are large and easy to read. Now, how about 10 BOSE speakers with 244 watt factory installed amp.. Yes, I love my Zum Zum!
#1.More H.P. I would like to see 320 or so horses out of this little car. #2. It should come factory with a road track to keep it feeling good! #3. It should come factory with a Road Track to keep me feeling great! lol #4. A factory installed Radar Detector. #5. There should be a adrenaline warning on the glove box door. Seriously, I can't think of anything you would want that is not at least Offered with the ZOOM ZOOM "Speed 3" except my first item, More Horsepower.
I hesitated for a long time between the more reasonable Civic Si, the Golf GTI and the speed. The strong financial incentives on the Mazda 2010 made it an easier decision. This car is so much fun to drive. Without the turbo on, it is a peppy economical car. With the turbo on, you wake up the beast.
It is super well equipped, including Bluetooth, nice computer. But the power of the car is just incredible.
little better seats desired. Also the tech package is a hodgepodge of non related features. Stereo, Navigation, Sat radio, Wireless. Not interested in paying for most of them.
26 mpg after the first 400 miles. Yes I am babying it except for attacking the winding uphill winding roads where I let it loose. Handling is incredible. Brakes are great. Torque steer? I've felt more torque pull from a 9 lb miniature poodle. Keep the engine in the right power band 3k rpm - 5k rpm and you don't have to worry about torque steer. Looks? Yes it is goofy. Especially at first. Most guys buy an expensive car because they look good in it. Me? I buy an ugly car, because next to it I look really good. Got mine in black and must say that it has a look that really grows on you. 263 ponies with a 4clynder getting 26mgp? Are you kidding me? Bought mine for much less than invoice. Great
Blue tooth integration with iphone. Didn't even realize the car had it when I bought it. MPG and turbo readouts help me keep the car in the right power band to maximize mileage and Turbo brings the power when I need it w/o turbo lag. Semi-leather interior a nice touch. Steering wheel feels good.
Close ratio transmission makes it easy to miss shift and end up in the wrong gear. transmission refuses to downshift until it is ready. Very frustrating for spirited driving. Add a gear indicator light on the dash. Back of car collects tons of dust on dirt roads. Dukes of Hazzard not happy. Glove box too small
I've wanted a Mazda Speed 3 for about 2 years and finally my dream came true. It is everything I thought it would be and more. It is FAST, comfortable and has many features you wouldn't expect for a car in this price range. The handling is second to none!
Everything -- this car is a dream to drive.
When you drive this car because your own grin and the feel of this car will remind you why you like to drive. 1) yes, the previous speed3's were better looking, but much harsher. 2) the pull from the turbo is great from 3500 to 5500 rpm. 3) torque steer exists, but not much more than a maxima's, and can truly add to the fun. 4) well put-together, with great shifting, suspension and steering! Had a Volvo v70r (300 hp turbo) that was super-clunky, expensive, and both raw and numb in comparison. 5) hatchback design is very useful. In conclusion, does this middle-aged guy look a little unconventional driving such a silly looking car? Probably, but what fun, utility, economy, reliability and fun!
Superb steering, tight suspension that also takes bumps with quiet grace, strong turbo kick, useful rear seat and cargo area, great value for such high entertainment and finally a burbling exhaust that reminds you this isn't the regular mazda3 you had before you realized you wanted the speed version
Put HID lights & rain-sensing wipers on US models. At the risk of being labeled a heretic: maybe add 100 lbs of noise-dampening materials?
Nothing from me that contradicts the other positive reviews. I've driven my car for a few months now, and I have to remind myself of how inexpensive this car is; great handling, powerful engine, comfortable interior with loads of standard features, practical and reliable -- all for ~$23K! When I consider how aggressive the exterior styling is, I'm really surprised at how comfortable and civilized the car is. As a middle-aged guy, I tend to feel a bit self- conscious due to the car's styling, but it just drives SO well! Be advised that if you live in an area that gets snow, you should plan on buying a set of snow tires for winter since this car is fitted with summer performance tires.
Everything you want with nothing you don't - standard. I like not having to pay a grand for a sunroof I'll never use. Dual-zone climate control is an unexpected luxury in a car at this price. Perfectly nice stereo. Plenty of interior storage. Comfortable, supportive seats.
I may be a heretic, but an optional automatic transmission would be nice. Exterior styling isn't for everyone; to be honest, I would prefer something more subtle. In a perfect world, such performance could be had with higher mileage on regular gasoline.
bought an 05 3s and loved it, i test drove the speed 3 one day while mine was having work done, and i was sold. its just crazy fast, too much fun, other than the little bit of turbo lag and torque steer which is to be expected, its amazing. the best performing car you can get for under 25k
263bhp and 280flb torque, its a rocket
car looks a little too happy, should have a more aggressive look, stance is good but the grin needs to go, also when you sell fwd car with that much power in New Jersey, its probably not the best idea to equip it with performance summer tires. a set of 4 seasons might not have been a bad compromise.
Had many GTI's and recently a 3 series BMW, got tired of the endless maintenance issues and awful customer service by both VW and BMW. My wife has had a Mazda 3 for 6 years and I finally noticed how it was just so reliable and fun. Tested a Speed 3 and realized it was time to buy one. A very good car that trounces the VW and BMW. I was actually treated like a human by Mazda. Kudos to Mazda, learn some customer service and build reliable cars to VW and BMW.
The Fun to Drive factor, need I say more.
I have owned only Taurus SHO's for the past 17 years - all manuals. My last one just turned 190k as I went researching for a honorable replacement. It surely wouldn't be the new SHO as it was released w/o a stick and way too much $$$. As I went to different review and "best of" sites the MS3 was always ending up in the top two spots. Anyway ended up test driving the WRX (not as refined inside + more $) and the GTI (more $ and slower than the MS3). Since I have owned it (the MS3) I have to admit it just gets better every time I drive it - even with that goofy smile in the front. I did have to get used to a turbocharged car as far as shift points and turbo lag but all are quite manageable.
Push button start (just like Bat mobile in the TV series), Bluetooth (phone right through the speakers), Nav - it instantly knows where you are and works not like aftermarket navs that seem to take an eternity to locate, Keyless entry - touch the key fob once all day (put in pocket), fold-down rear seat
Performance car should have temp, oil & batt guages. Gas and boost gauges should be analog. Power really flattens @ high RPM. If you want to get really picky offer a sunroof, an "all windows up" button and make white one of the exterior color choices
I have been researching this car since spring of 09 and just last week bought one...I have been smiling ever since! The engine is AWESOME. The appearance of the speed3 is certainly polarizing and it seems that you either love it or hate it. The pictures simply DO NOT do it justice, you have to see it in person. The acceleration is great, handling is crisp, stick takes getting used to but no problem and the brake feel is great. The tech package is worth it, GPS while small is still good, Bose system is not quite aftermarket quality but will please most people, bluetooth is cool, seats are comfortable and the space inside is nice. If you want bang for your buck...look no further! Zoom-Zoom!
engine, acceleration, handling, sound of the engine, brakes, comfort, tech package, looks, the wheels...just about everything!
Better quality sound system with more power going to the speakers, bigger wheels, better stock tires, sunroof would be cool, HID headlights.
Having had the car for almost two months now, I can say that overall I'm very, very happy with it. Turning is crisp and the car stays flat even with sudden direction changes. The trans in this car certainly isn't on par with any Honda or even modern VW I've ever driving. Shifting takes some effort and missing the 2-3 shift is fairly easy by hitting the 1-3 gate. However, the limited slip is fantastic for tightening up the car in a corner. Turbo lag is present, but not horrible. The stability control sometimes intervenes without letting you know, making you think the lag is worse than it is. Overall, an excellent car and if performance is more important to you, blows the GTI away.
Power Handling Bluetooth phone and audio Boost Gauge Limited Slip Diff
Turbo lag is fairly pronounced below 2700 RPM The transaxle is a bit tough to shift at times, 2nd to 3rd can be difficult and I hit the gate fairly often Offer a sunroof and factory HID lighting Less obtrusive stability control, return the power sooner
If I could go back I would buy it all over again. This is a very responsive & quick car with lots of features to make your ride & needs feel beyond met. I am still finding new features that make my ride exciting, I enjoy the blue tooth I can listen to my Iphone wireless & answer calls while shifting hands free. The Bose system is awesome, my previous car had subs & I don't miss them at all. The blue lights underneath the dash and on the stick are a fun feature for a night drive out on the town. I feel safe in this car without the feel of being in a mini van. The stock dual exhaust sounds great, like a race car. This is definitely a luxury car that is affordable and fun to drive. Zoom zoom!
The blue tooth. The dual exhaust that hums like a race car. The two toned leather interior. The Bose sound system. The climate control. The very informative deck. The blue lights. The quick turbo of coarse!
This would be really fun to have a sun roof in. A bigger turbo. Other than that keep doing what you're doing. Thanks Mazda!
I've owned the car for about 3 weeks now and it is an absolute pleasure to drive. I was planning on waiting for the new STi, however I'm glad I decided on the MS3 for both practicality and affordability. Plenty fast for a mid-thirty year old, gas mileage is a solid 26 mpg (I do a lot of city driving), and it handles like it's on rails through the curves. Motor Trend just did a comparison between the MS3, the wrx, gti and ralliart, and out of all of them, this is the "point and shoot racer" that simply feels much more "dialed in". Believe me, they're spot on. I simply can't stop grinning.
Honestly, the entire car, from the styling to the tech package, performance, handling and excellent gas mileage for a vehicle with 263 hp and 280 ft/lbs torque. Sure there is torque steer, but it is quite manageable and not overbearing.
A sunroof and the cup holders. I find that my forearm occasionally hits the top of my girlfriend's water bottle when shifting (perhaps I should raise the seat more) . Also, the forward sliding armrest prevents a drink from occupying the second holder.
It's a great all around car for the price. Good power with slight turbo lag and torque steer. Once the power is there, hang on! Interior features are awesome for the price. Bose audio sounds rich but the in dash navigation is about the same quality as if you had bought a $50 Garmin, but still a nice feature. Love it or hate it, the front grille grows on you after a while. Combining the power of the car coupled with the price/power and features, it's a really good deal.
Turbo, Bose audio, advance keyless entry w/ push button start.
AWD, in-dash navigation with more features. Different front end? maybe.
Had gone out looking for a fun but practical car and checked the entire class out. Ended up choosing the speed for functionality, 5 doors, hatchback, nice upscale inside, etc. My wife wasn't going to see me walk away in a 2 seat sports car. There's very little I don't like about this car, the digital turbo gauge, lack of a temp gauge, low shift points (power peters out past 5500 RPM or so and I came from a Vtec). But the interior looks great, and is roomy for me (6'2" tall). I get decent gas mileage with it, somewhere around 23 or so overall (though the trip computer keeps telling me I get 27), and while I am still not too fond of the smile, it is growing on me.
bluetooth connectivity, power power power, handling, responsive steering, quick turbo spool up, nicely laid out interior, roomy for a smaller car
Temp gauge needed, mechanical turbo gauge would be nice, better high rpm power, kinda bright and distracting at night.
Purchased as a replacement to my 2003 Nissan Sentra Spec V. While this car is a downgrade in low end torque and gas mileage (Was getting 31 mpg now getting 24 mpg) the fun factor and refinement is miles ahead. The space in the back seat is also a lot nicer. Traded up because of a baby seat and the Speed allows a person to sit in front or behind me with a child in the rear passenger side. Hatch allows plenty of room for stroller and diaper bags. Looked at other hatch backs but none compared as far as fun, price, and space. I went with the tech package and love the push button start. The Navigation system is average, but nice for an integrated unit.
Turbo in the high end of rpm band. Space in back seat and hatch. Push button start with the tech package.
Glove box could have less of a rake. Extends quite a ways in the passenger compartment. Temp gauge would be nice. The ability to choose different color interior colors for both seats and LED lighting would be nice.
A fun car, with performance and an appealing appearance, has always been important to me. Sometimes there have been limitations that you live with: expensive maintenance (German) ,little storage (Corvette, Miata, 911), low technology (GTO). No more! A dream to drive with some small challenge with torque steer in first and second. A small price to pay for the Zoom-Zoom. Carries my golf clubs without lowering the rear seats and a 47" LCD HDTV, still in the box, with the seats down. Rear passengers have real seats and leg room.
6-speed transmission, performance, exterior lines, storage, problem free, I still can't believe the price!
digital mph LCD just above the turbo meter
I have owned a Civic SI. It rides smoother and more powerful. I test drove the GTI. I agree not as refined, but very close and again way more fun to drive. Gas mileage on the freeway without a lead foot should be around 30 miles/gallon. All this and for less than 23K. I also picked up an extended warranty 5yrs/100K which is included in the price above. Overall best value hands down. Try get this kind of deal with the civic, gti, wrx. You must have made the deal with a gun.
Gas Mileage, Power, Bluetooth.
HID lights, Daytime running lights.
Surprising ride, I came from a BMW M3 that was starting to kill me repair wise. Went and tested this 2010 MS3 and instantly loved...especially the price. Car does everything I need and more. Love the new body style for 2010. Storage is nice, can place my roadie cycle in the hatch. Mazda is willing to deal if you have patience, get the 10/100K warranty from Mazda in your deal - if only BMW would have offered that! I'm an older driver but, hey, you're only as young as the car you drive! LOL
Turbo, 6 speed, tech package. Easy to maintain in my garage. Price, price, price!!!
Put the intercooler in the front and make the scoop for intake. Other than that the car seems well put together for the price.
After owning several bona fide "sports cars" (BMW M Coupe, 2 M Roadsters & Porsche 911), I can honestly say I am happier with my MS 3 than any other sports car I have ever owned. I dispute the 0-60 and 1/4 mile times I have read about. Living in Colorado at over 5500 feet I am still able to pull sub-5 second 0-60 and sub-14 second 1/4 mile times. As with most of these ratings, the driver has as much to do with the times as the car. I have noticed torque steer like everyone else, but I wouldn't call it bothersome. The Tech Package is worth every penny. Can't wait for the tuner parts to arrive at the dealership. I was able to buy the MS 3 with 7 Yr./75K bumper to bumper wty. for 26K.
Motor, handling, interior features and looks.
Temperature gauge. Just a suggestion to those who don't care for the looks of the front end of the car: don't buy it if you don't like looking at it!
Test drove both 2 days ago, bought the Speed3. Speed3 throws you back in your seat, wilder. GTI smoother. Speed3 turbo lag noticeably shorter than GTI. Speed3 exhaust gets pleasingly throaty when pushing acceleration. VW exterior looks more classic with very cool circular wheel cutouts. Speed3 exterior more futuristic/controversial. Speed3 wheels cheaper looking. IMHO, Speed3's interior is better (partial leather seats). Not a fan of the GTI plaid. GTI felt more cramped. Difficult to see front lines of car from GTI. Mazdas more reliable. Base Speed3 is 22K plus delivery, tax, title, tags, etc. GTI has special 1.9% financing. Both great cars. Test drive and choose for yourself
Speed3 is an incredibly FUN sports car at a reasonable price. Great combination of speed, handling, braking. No complaints driving it on highway, parkway, or city (DC).
More exterior color options.
Had the car a little over two months and nearly 3,000 miles. The car had all the prerequisites I wanted. Fun to drive, safe, reliable (hopefully) and practical. I live in West Virginia with an abundance of mountain roads. The car is blast to drive. There is a learning curve to handle the torque steer and notchy gearbox, plus the clutch is tricky to modulate. The highway ride is not too noisy or rough for my tastes. Love the car.
Without a doubt the handling. The car is flat in corners. With judicious touch on the throttle it shoots out of turns. Much fun.
Too much torque steer, either reduce the power and offer all-wheel drive. Clutch is a bit touchy and could provide better feel Gearbox is a bit notchy and easy to miss 3rd gear. No iPod integration, that would be great.
I've had the car for about a month. I have about 2k fun miles on this car. The car looks good and is a blast to drive. The car's handling is excellent. It hooks up well on the curvy roads. I use this car as my daily commuter and put about 140 miles a day round trip. I'm totally happy with this car. I have the tech package and would recommend it. There is some carbon build up on the tail pipe and some of it ends up in the back hatch as noted on a previous post. Not an issue. A good coat of wax will protect your paint and make it easy to clean off. The best bang for your buck!!
Tech package - streaming Slacker radio from my Blackberry through bluetooth! Engine POWER! Interior layout.
HID lights, sunroof, power seats, and a stiffer/better rear engine mounts. Have a shorter shift. I'm being way too picky. Easy upgrades except for sunroof and power seats.
That is the question. How does Mazda build and sale a car for under $25000 with all the bells and whistles, plus major performance and driveability. The Mazdaspeed 3 is my first Mazda and I am totally thrilled with this purchase. Hands free and voice activated bluetooth for phone and music. Navigation that is more than able, Bose 10 speaker audio, 6 disc in dash changer, Sirius satellite radio all placed for perfect ergonomics. Dual climate control, power windows and locks and a serious keyless entry. I haven't used an actual key in nearly four months. It has two charging ports, auxiliary jack, vanity mirrors with lights, accent lighting on the doors and interior roof.
263 HP combined with 280ft. lbs. of torque, all wrapped tightly up in a 2.3liter turbocharged 4 cylinder. By far the best bang for your buck vehicle on the road!
All-wheel drive would be nice. Biggest complaint is that there is no temperature gauge.
This little bottle rocket is the best kept secret in the auto world for the most fun and fastest car in the economy class. Just got it 4 days ago and wish I could drive it all day!!! If you're looking for an inexpensive super fast, very economical car, this is IT!!
The way it pushes me to the back of the seat when I lean on it.
A two door coupe style would be a great alternative.
I love the power, the handling, and the overall package. The car drives extremely well. The only issues after 1500 miles have to do with the carbon from the tailpipes that ends up all over the rear of the car. I have owned several turbo cars and carbon build up on the pipes is common. This seems excessive. The car emits a lot of smoke on hard acceleration in 2nd and 3rd gear. Overall, it is the best value for the money in terms of horsepower and quality.
Tech package is great, bluetooth system works very well.
Needs a temp gauge and the boost gauge. Bring back HID lamps, auto lamps, rain sensing wipers, and make homelink standard. Solve the excessive carbon buildup. Seems like it runs lean to cause so much build up. Radio stations suffer when connected to bluetooth.
Wonderful small car.... I thought once you go big you will never go small. The mazdaspeed 3 change my mind. You get track car performance in a small vehicle with great utility. I don't have to compromise.
GPS and Blue tooth technology - I rely on my Iphone a lot. This feature allows such great utility.
Heated mirrors, seats, more sound deadening. Partially my fault on the sound deadening I can't seem to keep from going over 75 Mph.
Got a 2010 MS3 in Black Mica w/tech package at $200 over invoice($24,297).. Great freakin deal!! Love everything about the car.. Wasn't a huge fan about the front grill design, but in black you really cant tell at all.. I plan to upgrade the grill eventually.. Ride comfort is surprisingly good for a sports car.. This thing handles like no other fwd car ive driven.. Feels completely planted and exudes confidence in the corners.. Love the subtle styling cues as well.. People have no idea that this car is fast, unless youre a car person.. Very under the radar.. Bose sound system is excellent and the keyless start will never get old.. Plan to add MS CAI and exhaust once they come out.. FUN FUN!!
the torque this thing pushes out will put a smile on anyone's face :) .. The keyless entry/start.. The wheels look great!! Exclusivity is another thing i love about this car.. i haven't seen any 2010's around here and maybe 3-4 of the previous generation MS3's..
Front grill could've been done better, but a small price to pay for what you're getting.. Heated mirrors.. Mazdaspeed needs to hurry on their "aftermarket" goodies for this car.. Im eager to spend!!!
As a still very active adult and recent dog grampa I found my 350Z satisfied all driving urges but I couldn't haul my mountain bike or my dog! I had to have a more practical everyday hauler plus the performance and handling I have always craved. I knew the MazdaSpeed3 had scored very highly in all media tests for the previous 3 years so when an all new 2010 model was announced I began to follow the reports and searched out the internet for spy shots and videos. Long story shot?...I bought the first one in town the day after it arrived! Even in town the 6 speed is a dream to use, the brakes are very impressive and the torque steer some complain about just reminds me to mind the car's power.
Lift back design, fold down rear seats, large cargo space for a small car. Engine power, torque, plenty of Zoom Zoom! Love the computer/Navi info. It adds to the driving experience BETTER than expected highway mileage. I managed 33.5 mpg on a the return leg from races at Road America.
These old eyes could use a bigger navi screen, but I manage!Have to say I'm not fond of the smiley face front fascia but I chose the black body color as that seems to somewhat mute it's negative impression. I love this car!
I bought this attractive, powerful turbo in early August. This was my first Mazda. Within a week, I noticed black carbon build up on entire rear of the car. The exhaust was covered in black soot. The engine performance seemed fine, but I noticed even after warming up, black smoke continued. I am very gentle with the car. I've owned 7 cars in my 24 driving yrs & I've never seen this. Dealership agreed when I returned to have them look at it. After diagnostic testing, they confirmed w/ USA Mazda that the car was operating in normal conditions. Mazda's customer hot line and technical service reps said the same. I'm looking to return this car. I 'd believe it's normal if it was diesel.
Further customer service needs to have better explanations of the process Mazda takes concerning issues reported by customers. Particularly when common sense says a car that spits out carbon on the majority of the rear of the car after a few miles of driving is not properly designed. O
I bought the MazdaSpeed 3 to provide some driving fun. My other car is an Escalade, which is wonderful for long distance trips, but lacks soul. No such problem with the MazdaSpeed 3 - I have had an almost continuous smile on my face since picking it up. I can't get over the combination of handling, performance, comfort and sheer fun in a car costing $25,000. I've had Saab 9000 turbos, a BMW 735iSE, Toyota MR2s and many other great cars but none was nearly as much fun as this. Brilliant.
Driver's seat, handling and the great value tech package. Also, for a 6 foot 4 guy, no sun roof - excellent.
Traded in a Mazdaspeed MX5. Considered an RX8, but the Speed3 made me smile more. Outstanding all around performance and value. Best performance car I have ever owned. Maybe the best CAR I have ever owned!
Performance is unmatched in the price range. Fuel economy is good, comfort is superb.
Except for a temperature gauge, none!
Just traded my 2007 Mazdaspeed3 for a new 2010 Speed 3. Only have 100 miles, so more on the handling and performance later. But initial impressions are all positive. Quick comments: 2007-09 versus 2010: Facts: Gone are the HID headlights and LED tail lights. Temp gauge is gone BUT now has a turbo boost gauge. I like that trade, but both would be better. Standard stereo is only a single CD changer not 6-disc Rear cargo liner from 07 fits perfect in the 2010. Winter mats from 07 fit fine in rear and OK in the front. Some gaps in front. 16 winter wheels and tires from my 07 fit on the 2010. Lug pattern, and hub diameter are the same. Still no heated mirrors.
Functionality of 5-door. PERFORMANCE and gas mileage.
Heated mirros. Would like te HID headlights and LED tail lights back. Temp gauge.
I had my 09 and that was brutal for everyday car. A true sports car. Decided to upgrade to the 2010 and is way more livable. I love the car but it got toned down so much to the level of a 3 series BMW. Is quick but not as the 09. Handles better then the 09. Is quiet and really on spot steering. Way better then anything I have driven
power/blue tooth with streaming music/looks good/
09 had more back room/ turbo lag/hang down/slower/traded mine in since it started to not shift 1,2,R/rotten egg smell,gas mileage just like the 09/trip computer is off by exactly 2mpg.
Car is great all around. The only thing I would improve on the interior is to add a temp guage (**it's a SPORTS CAR!!), the exterior is to get rid of the smiley face. I own one, I tolerate the smiley face, but it doesn't belong on a "SPORTS CAR". I don't understand what Mazda was thinking, I thought the point of business was to satisfy customers and increase sales, a smiley face on their sports car does the opposite. Overall though, the car is still the same as the 1st generation, awesome.
uhhh.....turbo......6 speed MT.....
temp gauge, new front end, AWD option or as standard
I cant say enough good about it. My trade in was a 2005 mazda3s... Which I absolutely loved. 40,000 miles on it at trade and not a single issue other than routine oil changes. Buying the speed3 was an impulse buy while on vacation. I could not pass up the offer. I never knew the performance was anything close to what I had "heard" but wow! Its simply an awesome car with true Mazda soul and zoom zoom on steroids.
love the bluetooth, the serious pick -up...just touch the gas and the car takes off.
No goofy all-in-one option package. I would dig the chance to have just the keyless ignition & hid lighting. Didn't care for tech package nav. Let us have single options like other countries. A sunroof!! Much higher performance cars have them. Full size touchscreen 7" in-dash nav(avail.in jdm)
Just got back from a short trip with my two day old 2010 MS3. What a fun and confident car. I did extensive research for months on what would give me some sense of practicality with a great deal of performance. Camaro (RWD), Genesis (RWD), WRX (Snoozing plastic interior), and others (various maladies); and the MS3 came out on top. I made the right decision! Handling, power, safety, interior design, and fit and finish make it the perfect car unless you can store it on weekdays and during winter and drive it only for fun. Though maybe the MS3 is superior for that too.
Interior ergonomics, thrust, shifter and unique looks.
without tech package, small info screen should be red to match other interior lights.
I noticed a black soot material on my tailpipes (which I've since learned is normal for turbocharged cars) but I heard that previous models had issues w/turbo smoking (smoke coming from tailpipe at idle/all engine speeds) & I thought this might be the onset. Videos are online if u Google. Mazda allegedly fixed this in 2010 but there's a "mystery" Tech Service Bulletin (TSB)for service depts to switch owners to 5W-40 synthetic vs. std 5W-30 (what the filler cap & manual says). TSB doesn't apply to 2010 models. My dealer couldn't even find the TSB in their system! Question service depts b/c Mazda N. America doesn't endorse synthetic oil or 5W- 40! Could void warranty b/c manual says 5w-30 oil.
Mazda N. America needs to get w/it! Turbo engines need the added protection of a synthetic oil for longevity. Customers/service depts are confused by your guidance...clear it up! For 2011, chose an synthetic oil (i.e. Mobil 1) and pre-fill from the factory. As for me, I'm running Mobil 1 5W-30 Ext!
After tax and fees base sport approaching 26K but worth every penny. Ride is very stiff, noisy especially in the back seat, bumps at highway speeds are worrisome. Easy to overlook these faults because of the handling, connected feel and sheer fun. Shifter is surprisingly good although I read mixed reviews. The exterior design is subjective but I've gotten no complaints. The interior is well laid out and pleasing to the eye. There are subtle blue LEDs at night that are always on inside. The overall package just works and it's becoming one of my favorite rides.
Handling and affordable horse power. The front air dam neutralizes the happy face grill. MPG not bad when not boosting. Brakes are great.
The ms3 would look really good in white or charcoal grey color but is not offered. Is there a way to keep the car light but reduce the noise just a little bit? Wish the bose stereo came standard. I would have paid extra 500 but not the overpriced tech package.
Got the Celestial Mica Blue w/ tech package. Tech package is totally worth it... push button start, bluetooth, Bose system, navi, and Sirius for 6 months. The color is exotic! The new body style is incredible. Curvier lines, RX8 type wheels, lower appearing stance, functional hood scoop, and dual exhaust make this the best MS3 ever built to date. And the inside is super contemporary and high quality. No torque steer and super clean shifts. Honestly, the best bang for your buck. GTIs, Civic Si's, even the WRXs and EVOs truly can't compare w/ the overall build quality (interior/exterior) and the "best bang for your buck" factor that the MS3 offers.
Super smooth shifting, crystal clear bluetooth functionality, foot lighting, dashboard lighting, leather/cloth seats, carbon fiber-like dash trim, crystal clear navi screen, push button start, overall body style, dual exhausts.... and the COLOR!!!
Can't think of one yet :)
Best deal going for the $! Paid $21,900 w/Toyota owner loyalty rebate. Didn't get the tech package but the audio w/std system is great! Single CD is annoying, but BT is awesome. Has built in MP3 plug w/power in center console. Impressed with std opts (dual zone auto A/C, info center w/trip computer, steering wheel cntrls, stainless steel ft pdls). Car is FAST but well behaved on the roads. The turbo kicks in smoothly w/no lag. Downshifts on the highway N/A for passing. Just step on the gas & let the turbo work for you! Tires are VERY loud on the road but grip well in rain. Lights work well at night w/fog opt. Econ-75 mph=27-32 mpg depending upon gradient. Sports car, folks! Not a luxury car.
You get a lot for the $! I'm 6'4 & have no issues w/seats/head room. Enough rm in back for kids but adults will be tight! Favs: amazing opts for $, turbo, wheel design and exterior shape, fuel economy (low 20's city, 30+ hwy). Dash layout well planned. Info center/cntrls easy to use while driving.
I like being in touch w/the road but sometimes the tire noise gets to be too much! No temp gauge, 6 CD std vs opt, all leather seats vs. combo cloth/leather, AWD option or make it std! Don't add weight w/panoramic glass. It's a sports car! Include clutch sys in warranty - not all of us race!
I was looking for an inexpensive, well- built car that would be fun to drive and get reasonable fuel economy and I found it! I have friends w/VW (too many build quality issues), WRX (dealers are too proud & I can't figure out why), & why waste my time on a Civic Si with ~200 horses? This car is a comfortable every day driver. The Dunlops are a little loud on certain road surfaces (rough asphalt) but the car grips the road better than any of the other cars mentioned above. It performs when you want it to and is well behaved during all driving conditions (wet/dry). The turbo has no lag & when you're on the highway & you want to pass, you don't have to downshift...let the turbo work! Paid 22K!
Getting 30+ MPG with cruise on 75. Bluetooth is awesome and stock stereo sounds great. Even without the upgraded tech package, this car rocks. I bought the extended warranty for $1000.00 to extend the turbo coverage b/c its only covered for 3 yr/36...now I have 5 yr/60K bumper to bumper.
AWD...beyond that, don't add any extra weight b/c it's perfect. It isn't supposed to be a luxury car, it's a "zoom-zoom" car! Great job, Mazda!
For months, I read up on all the info out there on the 2009/2010 MazdaSpeed3, and decided to go for a test drive. The car lived up to its reputation regarding performance and acceleration...it really goes when the turbo kicks in. I bought the car for $450 under dealer invoice at the end of the month. The surprises: The BOSE stereo system is very good, but this is not a "knock-em-dead gorgeous system". The clutch is a little stiff, and can take some time getting use to it. The seats are narrow, and firm. The fog lights work so so in terms of improving vision during foggy nights. The biggest surprise: The gas mileage I am getting....as in 30-32 MPG highway, and mid-20's around town!!
The acceleration is very real. This car just goes. The torque curve is tremendous. The Navigation system, with GPS and multi-function computer is a delight. Bluetooth ready is a plus. Dashboard design is very attractive. The MPG is over 30 with a tame foot...the air dam must really help here.
No temperature gauge....only a warning light telling you it's too late? That's an opps on the part of Mazda. Go a level higher on the BOSE quality. I was expecting excellent **** sound, but my rating here would be a *** quality sound...but then, I'm a stereo buff. Seats need two inches in width.
This car was a blast from the get go and I cant even red line it yet. The Touqe starts low and the acceleration is impressive for its size. After test driving the evo I actually choose this model. It felt more stable and was working very well. Smooth shifting. Wish it had a moon roof but I can deal. The interior set up with out the Navi is the way to go. Just adding the satellite pkg later. Plenty of room for you and your friend. 10* better then the WRX, GTI, and RalliArt lancers. The rear of the vehicle is the only part I am a little curious about. I don't prefer the bug look but it works with the overall feel of the vehicle. Test drive one and you will not be disappointed.
Grips the road well with the summer tires provided. Hatch allows for plenty of room. The interior is very cockpit oriented for the driver and suits you well with its not overly aggressive racing style seats. Very impressed with the functionality so far.
*** Reclineable or Slideable rear seats. My friends are tall and so am I. The extra room from sliding the 2nd row seats Would be amazing.** The bulging tail lights are not a favorite of mine. Maybe a panoramic roof panel or two. Touch screen radio Navi option for the center console. AWD.
I just got my 2010 MazdaSpeed3. It is silver with the tech package. The engine is the same as the last MS3, but revamped tuning and a new driveline have contributed to making this car much easier to drive, and lots more fun. The brakes are even better than the last car, and I have been unable to unsettle the chassis in spirited street driving. Body roll is minimal, and they have somehow managed to almost eliminate understeer.
Powerful turbo engine with no discernible turbo lag. The best handling car I have driven (including a 1996 Vette, 1987 944, 1991 Miata, and 2008 335i (maybe a tie here))
Bluetooth audio is cool, but I would like it better if the audio would display on the nav screen.
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