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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By civitaresel on
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2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
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Cross shopped WRX, Ralliart, GTI. None offer as much equipment for the money. I've deemed third gear the yellow light gear as its the one to go to in order to blast from 35 ish to 65 or so. Merging is a joke, even in Philly where no one moves over (I'm a burgher), simply engage the yellow light gear and go. Constant 75 mph on Pa turnpike for 300 miles yields 28 mpg as calculated at the pump. Even in sixth you easily pass any car with vigor. Exhaust is very quiet at highway speeds. Seats are comfortable but if you're anything other than slim to medium weight (I'm 5'10 and 175 on a fat day) they will most likely be to form fitting for you. Overall, very pleased with the purchase
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Pick a speed you think is safe to go on an onramp, add ten miles per hour and then another five where your former 16 year old self would go around a turn and that's about right. The "Yellow light gear" is a big deal. I for one actually like the styling. Its very pronounced and looks flat out mean from a rear view mirror. Storage space is great. I take off my front tire for my mountain bike and it easily fits in the back. Rear seat room is comfortable for 2 full size adults. Lots of steering wheel controls. Engine is built for real world meat of the tachometer way down low kind of impulse prods of the loud pedal. You need to see the styling in person before writing it off!
Suggested Improvements
Seat pads are not quite 6 hour drive comfortable. I would like the steering to be more communicative. The the yin and yang of the clutch take up could be better. Nav system is simple and gets you where you need to go. It always works but isn't as good as google maps. Screen is small but i've never had and issue being able to see where it wanted me to go. Language of the Audible directions is nice. For instance it will tell you "Turn left and then make the first right".
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