2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test


2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3: Jiffy Pop

September 29, 2010

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I think our Mazda Mazdaspeed3 is a blast to drive. It has the right balance of hatch practicality, a great engine that makes you feel alive when you roll on the gas and a lively suspension.

The Mazdaspeed3 is set up just so that you can really get a feel for what the car is doing without being a full on rock hard race suspension. Sometimes the suspension can be a little too lively. When you drive over a rough freeway at speed, things tend to bounce around the interior like kernels in Jiffy Pop pan.

Driving back from the studio in Long Beach, I hit a stretch of the 405 that had plenty of bumps and gaps in the pavement. I could feel all the fat in my love handles when I look over and see the guy in the luxo-boat sailing on calm waters.

Don't get me wrong, I think think the positive aspects outweigh the negative by a big margin. I'll take the bouts of fat deposit self-consciousness because I'd prefer to have that feeling of road communication.

Where do your tastes lay on the suspension spectrum? What cars' suspension have you enjoyed the most?

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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