2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Lame Horn
October 26, 2010
I hereby dub the 2010 Mazdaspeed 3's horn the lamest currently in our longterm fleet. The 'Speed 3's meek, projectionless one-note horn is the last thing you expect once you've sampled the car's thuggish power delivery and hair-trigger clutch.
Its horn is totally weaksauce, and it's a cultural thing.
In Japan, you rarely hear horns. Even in rush hour Tokyo traffic you're hard-pressed to hear a motorist use one. And when they do, it's for courtesy rather than a warning. This is why the horns of Japanese makes are so friendly and inoffensive.
Contrast that with American makes' horns, which are comprised of three notes delvered an octave lower and at quadruple the volume.
In Japan, a horn means: "After you!"
In the USA, it's: "Eff you!"
Give me a USA horn any day.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor