Driving Test - 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 Long-Term Road Test
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2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Driving Test

April 01, 2010

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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


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