I've owned a 2004 Nissan 350Z Grand Touring model and from the experience of driving that car for 6 years, I can definitely say that this 2012 Mazdaspeed3 is nearly as excellent as the Z when it comes to cornering at high speed and 0-60 mph time; simply a superb machine. The best time I've ever gotten from this car when going from 0-60 mph was 5.4 sec at San Antonio Raceway, Texas. As a hatchback, 5 doors and contains 5 seats, by performance, it is not too far off from my Nissan 350Z with the time of 5.1 sec. I am very impressed how the turbo makes no lag and shows consistency throughout every hard push of the gas pedal. Just don't take my opinion alone, drive one for yourself & you'll see.
*Aggressive turbocharged with no lags whatsoever
*Great exhaust note
*Lots of room
*Great bluetooth technology
*Love the blue light interior accent at night
*Premium Bose system is great with deep bass
*Comfortable seats even when on long roadtrips
*Best of all:
All this for less than $25,000
*Torque-steer to the max
*Uncomfortable ride when on uneven surfaces
*MPG could be improved especially if the engine is equip with direct injection technology; 7 years ago will not be a problem
*Teens will always want to race you on the streets
Just read your comments with interest. I also live in SA, so it's good to see someone here who lives in the same climate. As you well know, our hot/humid climate can affect performance. Anyway, I plan on buying a new car in March of '13. I'm torn between the MS3 and the GTI W/MT. My daily driver is a Tundra, so I'm ready to add a car. My last car was a new '98 Prelude. I live alone, so no problems there. Based on your experience, how would you rate the GTI overall (Performance, reliability, build quality & VW cust. svc) Vs the MS3? Thanks.
† Edmunds.com received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Third-Party Automotive Website Evaluation Study℠. Results based on responses from 3,381 responses, measuring 14 companies and measures third-party automotive website usefulness among new and used vehicle shoppers. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed from January 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.