Would I Get It Over a Mini Cooper? - 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Long-Term Road Test

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Would I Get It Over a Mini Cooper?

December 07, 2009

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I was stuck in traffic next to a red Mini Cooper S yesterday and it got me thinking of our departed 2007 long-termer. Both the MCS and MazdaSpeed 3 have an energetic, turbocharged personality that appeals to me. The Mazda isn't as fizzy or nimble as the Mini, but in return it's considerably more practical. That got me to thinking: if I had to pick, which one would I buy?

Interestingly, our old MCS cost $25,220, while our MS3 checks in at $25,840. Part of me really would want a Mini Cooper. I think I'd just enjoy owning it more. But the other part of me thinks of how I have a wife and child to frequently cart around. In this case, practicality, at the expense of personality, would put an MS3 in my garage.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,161 miles

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