At the Local Watering Hole - 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 Long-Term Road Test
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2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazdaspeed 3: At the Local Watering Hole

July 07, 2010

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There are plenty of first-generation Mazda 3 hatchbacks around, but I've never bothered much comparing the two. Until Sunday, when I happened to be parked next to one while waiting for a cafe latte. I like the paint on this original Mazda 3 (which I know is not a 'Speed), but in this moment, it looked dated sitting next to our new, smiley Mazda. I also think the gen-2 car looks more upscale.

Interesting how similar the 17- and 18-inch wheel designs are, though. And no question, the first-gen Mazda 3 has a more natural location for a front license plate.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor


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