Face-Off Re-Do - 2010 Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazdaspeed3: Face-Off Re-Do

July 16, 2010

2010 Mazdaspeed3 and 2010 VW GTI

We have a new Face-Off Tournament going over on Carpool, and as I drove the Mazdaspeed3 home last night, I got to thinking about our first tournament that involved hot hatches. In it, the finals came down to the Speed3 and the GTI. Fitting, given that both cars are now in our long-term fleet, however, those were the previous-generation cars.

Since that original Face-Off, both cars are now better to drive. In terms of aesthetics, though, I'd argue the two cars switched places. The GTI's styling was previously holding it back, whereas the Speed3's new happy face styling is now doing the same (not to mention the cheeseball interior trim).

My vote for the Vdub has only become more resolute, but if the Face-Off vote were to be held today, would your vote change?

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 13,742 miles

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