Great Steering - 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 Long-Term Road Test
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2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Great Steering

January 14, 2010

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I jumped from our longterm 2009 Audi S5 right into our 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 yesterday. And you know what? This little Mazda's steering is better. I'm not talking about aesthetics; I'm talking about the way it works.

The Mazda's steering has more heft. Loads up better, too. The Audi is responsive and quick but feels robotic, as it's too light and there's little buildup of effort. That is, until it decides you're going for it and abruptly throws a bunch of resistance at you. Not very subtle.

Who would have guessed a FWD hatchback could better the steering of a premium-badged GT of twice-ish the price?

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor


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