2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Driving Test
April 01, 2010
Almost stalled it just pulling out of the parking garage. Actually love that.
The action of the Mazdaspeed 3's shift linkage is one of the best there is in any car, front- or rear-wheel drive. The action is firm, the throws are exactly the right length, and the gear engagement is precise. The clutch still feels like it snaps over-center as you engage it, yet it's controllable as soon as you get past that first release.
There are those who say that the action of the shift linkage and clutch pedal in the Mazdaspeed 3 is a kind of driving test.
Yes, it is. That's what is so great about it.
Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 9,478 miles