2011 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Traded in '09 GT hatch,(2.3, 5M),a very good car. Had the new Speed 3 for just over a week, 1100 miles with a trip from mid MI to the UP. Car feels more substantial, much stronger and more firmly planted than the regular Mazda 3. Very good brakes and steering. Shifter better than I expected. The Tech Package and new shift pattern have me on a learning curve. Good driver's seat. Power in 1st and 2nd is scary, torque steer, but manageable. In third and up, power flow is great. Even in 6th, power is right there for passing at highway speeds. Read out showed 29.4mpg for the trip, paper/pencil 28.9. Great for a new, tight power train. Nice touring car for 1 or 2. Can't be beat for the price!
Power, handling, good mileage-so far. Tech package is costly, but content is good. Bose sound/SIRIUS/navigation, etc. Car is quite composed while cruising, but the wild horses are ready when needed. A dual personality ride. In black, it's a sleeper, most people don't know what it is. Zoom Zoom!
For cooler climates, (Note to Mazda) a heated mirrors/heated seats/all season performance tires package. A flip up/removable sun roof panel would be nice and would maintain body integrity. Better carpet material. And the big one: "all wheel drive." Maybe in the next generation car. A Subaru slayer?