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

2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Stuffed

November 19, 2009

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I didn't expect to explore the limits of our 2010 Mazdaspeed 3's hauling ability so early in our relationship. But last night four tires (mounted on alloys) and other assorted racecar supplies needed to make a 40-mile trip.

The 60/40 rear seats were immediately folded; they go perfectly flat to open up a 43-cubic-foot space. Just about every cubic foot got used last night. I couldn't see out the back, obviously, so I made frequent use of the Mazdaspeed 3's large, well postioned side mirrors, plus my own capacity for situational awareness, on the freeway.

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The load was probably equivalent to having three adults in the backseat, and I was definitely aware of the extra weight when accelerating or turning. Still, I didn't have any difficulty getting up to cruising speed -- the Mazdaspeed has a 280 pound-foot torque rating, remember.

But the trip home, sans load, was a lot more fun. I delighted in the hatchback's now unencumbered feel and the empty freeway ahead of me. Fun car.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 3,164 miles


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