I'm in my mid 40's. This is the most fun I've ever had on four wheels. I've owned American muscle and Japanese sport, but the Mazdaspeed 3 give me the best of both worlds. It delivers killer torque much like my previous 8 cylinder but handles like the much smaller performance machine it is. It also has tons of usable interior room. This is important to me because I run a small business and need to haul computer gear from time to time. It also accommodates my wife and kids in comfort. Build quality is impressive. The driving dynamic much closer to a European sport sedan than any other Japanese car I've ever been in. Nicest car I've ever owned for the money.
I've been driving my MS3 GT for 1000 fun miles.The car is remarkable, great pickup, sporty looking without being too young. Came with all the bells and whistles auto climate, lights,and wipers.I have never owned a car this much fun in my life. Reasonably priced, great performance, great style for a 5-door.The best car under $50k.
Have had this car for a couple months now, and followed it for about 6 months before release. I had a 2004 Mazda3 fully loaded for 3 years before i traded it in for the Mazdaspeed3. Creature comforts + Performance + Style= Way more than $25k Great car for money.
I had the car for about two weeks and have driven it 800 super fun miles. It is a true pocket rocket in all sense of the word, yet it has four doors, large luggage capacity, super tight suspension, a turbo that is willing to please and best of all it is affordable. This car truly is fun to drive especially in windy roads. The car handles almost as good as my mid-engine MR2. The oversteer is present as I expected with the 263 hp front wheel, but it is manageable. The shifting gets some getting used to, truly awkward, but you tend to forget about it when the turbo kicks in. This car also feels at home in city driving as it is very nimble and responsive and fairly easy to drive.
I owned my 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 GT for a total of 45 minutes before I was in a head on collision by a RAV-4 going eastbound on a westbound lane on a major highway. We were both going approximately 65 MPH in opposite directions before we collided. I cannot comment on the long term reliability of the vehicle or the MPG but I am alive today due to the solid construction and safety features of this vehicle. Unfortunately the person driving the RAV-4 that hit me was not as lucky. My hat is off to Mazda for building such a fantastic and secure vehicle.
The best launch technique is to rev the engine to about 2500 rpm and feed in the clutch before going to full throttle. This produces almost zero wheelspin which is necessary with the 3's massive torque. Wheelspin launches were considerably slower. Upshifting at 6000 rpm also improved times as power falls off seriously after that.
Confident pedal feel and effectiveness. Simply stand on the pedal and hold on. We did see marginal improvement as heat increased in the system. No brake fade was noticed in this one-stop-at-a-time test.
Excellent balance combined with excellent grip produced impressive numbers on both the skid pad and the slalom.