2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 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