2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazdaspeed 3: College U-Haul

August 09, 2010


Most family units show up for college move-in day with an SUV. We arrived with the Mazdaspeed 3 and Nic's 1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Apparently we are sporty car people.

Once you flip down the seats, this 5-door Mazda 3-based package is all you need in the way of a U-Haul. Couple medium-size cardboard boxes in the back, two athletic bags on the shelf created by the flipped-down seat backs and then the obligatory sling-back camp chair with built-in cupholder (the college student's friend) thrown on top.

It's not like students go away to college these days with a streamer trunk full of formal wear. Even for law school it's just some T-shirts and a backup pair of flip-flops and that's about it, especially in Sacramento where it'll be blazing hot for another month or so. All the stuff that requires heavy lifting can be ordered on-line from big box stores and delivered by UPS. Even when we busted him out of Fordham after graduation last spring, we made it to the UPS store in the Bronx with four years of clothes (how many hoodies can a person wear, after all?) and assorted books and athletic gear in a half dozen boxes all packed in a Saab-aru 9-2X and still had room for three people.

Once you're used to going places in a sports car, you learn to pack just what you need. A five-door seems like a Chevy Suburban in comparison.

Of course, we still like trucks and SUVs, maybe more than most people, really. After all, when you need to trailer your sporty car to the track, a truck is just what you need.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 14,550 miles.

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

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