2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test


2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3: Not Sure If I Buy It

June 08, 2010

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Ok, last night when I got into our Speed3, I looked at the pattern on the fabric inserts and thought to myself that they looked kinda cheesy. If I was a buyer, this fabric would give me pause for thought.

Now let me just stop you right there. This fabric is THE pattern in the MS3. That's all you get. Would this be a deal killer for me? For this car, probably not. But it does make me think about the shopping mind set. I think if I had a choice, in about 99% of the instances I would say no to trendy. If I didn't have a choice, I'd really have to think about if I could live with it.

I get it, I'm getting old. Call me boring if you will, but I tend towards things that have simpler, clean, classic look. No, my aesthetic taste isn't absolute. I think there is always room for interpretation and experimentation. But my basic principle is that I don't want something too trendy, lest I look completely outdated in a few years time. Trends have a real good way of dating you. Remember that righteous high school mullet? Yeah, you know what I'm talking about.

If I'm putting down a good amount of hard earned money, I have to think about the longer term, not just the immediate future. Would you go for the trendy styling option(s)? Is it a deal breaker/maker for you? Do you even think about that in your vehicle choices?

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 in VA is:

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