2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Consumer Review: Lasting Fun

2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 - Consumer Review

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Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual)

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By vnmn on


2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


After now owning the Speed3 since March I have come to find this little car to be a very good sports car as far as power delivery and over all athleticism goes, it just does everything it is supposed to no matter how hard you push it. I really look forward to driving it daily. The seats are a bit fugly and uncomfortable, those being my two largest complaints(MAZDA, GIVE US ALL BLACK LEATHER WITH POWER!).As far as the front grille topic all the new Mazda's have a grin so bare it. Torque steer on this Gen is not an issue, it actually makes this car more fun and I wouldn't want it without some. I drove a 2012 GTI yesterday and it seriously bored me, it really felt lethargic in comparison.

Favorite Features

I really think this thing looks wickid for a hatch. Power delivery is exceptional for a stock machine in this segment and handling is precise for a FWD with minimal to no body roll. Overall this car is VERY fun to drive and thats what a car like this is supposed to be all about. This car alone has made me take interest in weekend track days. I like the fact that when you are driving this car it feels like you are driving a more refined and expensive auto than you actually are.

Suggested Improvements

Seats are the issue ,cloth color could be better, bolsters and seat cushioning are a bit to stiff and tend to leave you uncomfortable on longer drives(though they do keep you planted in.) Power seats should be an option along with a full leather package w/heat. This car IS good enough to demand a bit more money. A grand or two more for a few key better options would still work for this car. Heck a GTI AUTOBAHN is 29G and that car doesn't give you as much as the Mazda already. Rear passanger leg room is terrible, if you are a six foot driver like myself and expect to have another adult behind you forget it. They will have to sit sideways. This car should have been a 2 door.
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By pi_mspeed3
on 09/19/12 10:24 AM (PDT)

i think mazda got the price-point exactly right for ms3. 5K less than GTI. It would be interesting how ms3 fares against focus st.

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