Take Driving Seriously, People - 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Take Driving Seriously, People

August 03, 2010


There's nothing like driving a confidence-inspiring car like our 2010 Mazdaspeed 3. Behind its wheel, I know I can easily take that particular on-ramp with the suggested speed of 30 mph at 40+, jump in front of that slow train of cars before the merge, stop in time when that F-150 decides he wants to be in my lane.

But unfortunately there's just one thing this car, or any fun car for that matter, can't take on: the slow, distracted driver.

There are about four fun spots on my drive to work where, when it's free and clear, I get my jollies: 1) the 405 N on-ramp at Howard Hughes Parkway - low-speed corner and then a straightaway with its own lane on the freeway, 2) the nice sweeping curve of the 405 N-90 W interchange (avoid the gnarly seam in the right lane...unless filming a video), 3) the end of the 90 W freeway which concludes in a 45-mph curve and then a straightaway and 4) the 30-mph kink of Walgrove-23rd street.

I was so looking forward to these in the MS3. But today on the drive to work was denied EACH TIME by slow and/or distracted drivers whether in a wolf pack, staggered so changing lanes was impossible or slow on their own. They were looking for something under their seat, content going the same slow speed as everyone else or just didn't realize that the speed limit was now 20 mph higher. Argh! What a waste of the MS3's time. Now I feel like I started the day on the wrong foot. Pout.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 14,534 miles

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