2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Well Hello Dolly

July 26, 2010

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Our long-term Mazdaspeed 3 got looped into Home Depot Duty this weekend. No major appliances to get home, but we did need to move some. I made the trip down to the tool rental outlet solo to borrow a furniture dolly, expecting it eat into front passenger space. The dolly was just over 60-inches long, and I was thinking there's no way it would fit in back with just the rear seats folded.

Not only did the dolly fit (running straight back, and not canted sideways), but the front passenger seat could be moved back about halfway into its seat travel, making front passenger space wholly adequate if not spacious. Running straight back also meant I could have used only half the split-folding seat, creating another perch. The padded seat back even let me snug the dolly in place to inoculate it against the random lateral g's that always seems to spring up whenever the MS3 is out and about.

The MS3 hides its length well with width, which it camouflages thank to its bulbous hips. The rear doors also have some length to them -- another boon to caching length. Home Depot run two (of eight?) allowed my spouse to come along when carting the dolly back, sadly instigating a need for the MS3 to swallow a leaf blower, several cabinet kits and a sharp-edged 76-inch wall bracket, which did protrude from the rear corner into the front cabin, but spilt no blood as long as I avoided snapping off 3-4 shifts.

I'm big on practical, and the hatchback MS3 fits that bill no problem. That it's a grippy hoot getting in and out of the canyons makes it a truly entertaining errand runner. Something a little less spacious (Viper? Z06?) from the long-term fleet might shrink weekend expenditures and the honey-do list.

Paul Seredynski, Executive Editor @ 14,256 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 in VA is:

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