2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Belated Milestone

January 04, 2010

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Our fiery 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 longtermer crossed the 5,000-mile threshold over the holiday break. This little guy makes you feel young again, and I mean that in every sense of the expression -- it's fun, fast, and engaging, plus has a clutch that engages in a few millimeters of travel. This latter point constantly reminds me of when I learned to drive stick, and is one of only a few smudges on an otherwise very well executed package.

The torque steer issue is one aspect I'm conflicted over. Sure, it's annoying, but I'd rather have the torque and live with the torque steer than not have the torque steer and be slow.

I prefer RWD for several reasons, and this is one of them.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 5,193 miles.

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