2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3: Gittin' Noisier

August 16, 2010

It's been a while since I've driven our MS3. First of all, it's still fast, responsive, and still a blast in general. But when I had to take my wife and daughter to the airport the other day, they both noticed just how loud it was. We've seen this sort of thing before when performance tires age and harden up over time. A good example was our departed 2008 Subaru Impreza STI that began to receive similar reviews at about the same mileage mark.

It's one of those things you learn to ignore or just crank up the radio instinctively to compensate for when you're alone, but y'know what? They were right. Here are a few videos shot this morning on my way in that attempt to (what's the aural equivalent of "illustrate" anyway?) allow you to hear what I'm talking about. I know this post is all about audio, but tese were all shot with a compact digital camera with a so-so mic, so gimme a break on the audio.

The one above was shot on a transition with various pavement changes. The 3 additional videos after the jump show that I needed to crank the radio up to 34 to hear it, and the remaining 2 give you an idea of what we mean when we say tire "ring/hoot" or "hiss."

Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 16,315 miles

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