2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test


2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Fender Gap

December 21, 2009

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Is it just me...

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Or does the huge fender gap on the Mazdaspeed 3 look a little ridiculous?

I'm a fan of this car. In fact, I think it's the most rewarding car to drive hard in its class. But arriving there meant using a specific tire which was determined after the body and wheel styling was already complete. And it simply looks awkward. Needs more sidewall. Or to be a bit lower. But either of those things would compromise the way it drives.

And Mazda wasn't having that.

Is it worth it?

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor

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