More Legroom Than I Thought - 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Long-Term Road Test

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: More Legroom Than I Thought

February 18, 2010

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At 5-foot-10, I'm no Riswick, but when I drive our 2010 Mazdaspeed 3, I put the driver seat one notch forward of the all-the-way-back postion on the track. That leaves about a hand's width of space from the driver seatback to the front edge of the rear seat-bottom.

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It doesn't look like much clearance. And every time, I notice it, I think, "there's no way a Mazdaspeed 3 would ever work as my family car. I'd end up getting a WRX or Lancer Ralliart SportBack instead."

But while it's true I could never get a reverse-facing car seat back here, there's more room back here than it initially appeared.

I, for example, can sit in this this space, as the soft front seatback is sculpted to accommodate protruding knees. Mind you, the driver might feel those knees pressing in on his spine, but the space is there. Foot room underneath the driver seat is passable, too.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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