2010 Mazdaspeed 3: The Difference of 10,000 Miles
September 15, 2010
Back in February, I took on our long-term 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 on a near-1,000-mile road trip and wrote, "The ride quality is very good for a hot hatch -- it's composed, rarely harsh and completely acceptable for long-haul trips."
Ten thousand miles later, it's not so easy to stand by that statement. For sure, the ride quality is still tolerable and I certainly wouldn't pass the Mazdaspeed 3 over for a road trip. But in addition to the ride gittin' noisier as Chris wrote, it has also gotten less compliant as the 40 sidewalls (of the stock 225/40R18 Dunlop SP Sport 2050 tires) don't have the give that they once did over seams and ruts. That's not much of a problem over a road like this (above), but last night on the freeway, I definitely noticed it.
Of course, this is what happens with all tires as they age -- it's just more noticeable with summer tires.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 18,886 miles