2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 2.3L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual Consumer Review - Amazingly fun, but a bit
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2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 - Consumer Review

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Amazingly fun, but a bit thirsty
By Nick K on

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2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

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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.

Favorite Features

Power Handling Bluetooth phone and audio Boost Gauge Limited Slip Diff

Suggested Improvements

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
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