2010 Mazdaspeed3: Acute Steering Feedback
July 23, 2010
You can't accuse our Mazdaspeed 3 of withholding info. With just over 14K on the clock, the steering remains remarkable direct, and compared to most small-car offerings, your hands may as well be duct taped to the hubs. A little unnerving at first, all this info being transmitted through the wheel runs counter to the industry trend of isolating the driver. Then you remember how sweet it is to know the exact status of the driven/steered wheels, and you'll probably gripe about whatever you hop in next.
All this feedback is useful stuff in the MS3, what with the front tires being responsible for so much. The boost can hit pretty hard in this D.I. mill, but you always know exactly what the front tires are up to. There's some torque steer depending on the traction available (a near immeasurable amount by old Saab standards), but the tactile impressions through the wheel are accurate enough to make you long for day when all cars had this kind of feedback. It's never a bad thing to be able to sense the level of moisture sheen on the road.
Paul Seredynski, Executive Editor @ 14,076 miles