2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Long Term Road Test - Miscellaneous

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Long-Term Road Test

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Last Drive (with Video)

November 29, 2010


You'll recall that I was all excited about going for one last drive in our long-term 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 over the Thanksgiving holidays. Well, I'm happy to report that I did indeed make the drive to Mt Palomar in San Diego County, California, and that readers stovt001 (2006 MX-5 Miata Sport) and liquoredonlife (2010 Mazdspeed 3 in Liquid Silver) were able to join us. Another reader and Miata owner, rdryder, had planned to drive with us but ran into a scheduling conflict due to my last-minute planning. Sorry, Mark. Randomly, we ran into another Liquid Silver MS3 on the mountain.

It was a cool day, but Mt Palomar is only about 5,500 feet at its summit so the roads (Highways S6 and S7) up to it were clear of snow, with just a hint of white stuff at the top. The S6 (aka, Palomar Mountain Road) is pretty much non-stop curves for 7 miles from California Highway 76 to the S7. It's not as tight and technical as our local playground, Glendora Mountain Road, so in a Mazdaspeed 3, you can pretty much use 3rd gear the whole way.

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Last Weekend!

November 24, 2010


I looked at the clipboard yesterday, and lo (and also, behold), they're coming for the 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 on Monday. That only leaves me five days to give the 'Speed a proper send-off. Any ideas? A track day is probably out of the question for lack of planning, but there's ample time for a drive on back roads. Perhaps Mt. Palomar, or the squiggly ribbon of road known as the Cerro Noroeste north of Frazier Park, California...well, assuming recent snows haven't closed the road.

So ideas, please. And if there's anything we somehow haven't covered that you'd like to know, post any questions here. Do not expect me to give dry, neutral opinions on the Mazdaspeed 3 -- I like this car, the good, the bad, the big torque, the bad clutch, everything, so above all, I plan to have to fun this weekend.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 22,862 miles

P.S. Just a reminder that the MS3 is still running around on its original P225/40R18 88Y Dunlop SP Sport 2050 tires, which have thus far protected every one of its pretty wheels from curb rash.

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Tell Me a Story

November 12, 2010


No caption contest today. But in the tradition of "It was a dark and stormy night," please feel free to make up a story about this photo in 50 words or less. Poems are welcome, too.

I look forward to seeing how creative you can be.

Thanks and have a nice weekend.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Art Appreciation...or Not

November 03, 2010

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Looks like somebody in Mazda's interior design studio has a thing for Op Art. This form of art and fashion took place primarily in the 1960s -- no wonder considering its hallucinogenic vibe.

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Halloween Dress-Up and Antiquing

November 01, 2010


I couldn't resist the urge to dress up the Mazdaspeed 3 for Halloween. Abetted by my crafty neighbor, we made cardboard fangs and a tongue, and toyed with the idea of dipping the teeth in a little transmission fluid as a special effect, but decided to keep it simple.

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Lame Horn

October 26, 2010

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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

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Easy Off But Tucked Away

October 25, 2010

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Like Senor Jacquot, one of the first things I do when I get in most cars is turn off the nanny nonsense. And as in the Z06, doing so in our longterm 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 requires but one quick touch of the 'DSC Off' button.

I dig that.

The indicator light is a little shy, though.

Those little magic words 'DSC Off' are tucked away on the opposite side of the instrument cluster from the button. Heck, they're not even located in the cluster. Instead the indicator is banished to the no-man's land with the forlorn trip reset buton. Weird! If you have your right hand on the steering wheel, you could easily miss it.

No big deal at all. Just strange that it's so inconspicuously located what with the OEMs' increasingly conservative nature regarding anything remotely litigious these days.

In the not-so-far future, all such alerts -- assuming that we drivers will be allowed to actually (gasp!) deactivate the nannies -- will be in 72-point font and accompanied by strobe lights and a hologram of the Lost in Space robot frantically dangling his arms and admonishing, "Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!"

Kind of like the GTI already does, come to think of it...

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Grey Wheel Try Out

October 13, 2010


You might have noticed in my last two posts that that the Speed 3 was looking a bit grungy. Basically, it was a combination of rain and a missed opportunity for a car wash. For a while, though, I was actually enjoying the look of the brake-dust-covered wheels. Sure, up close they looked terrible, but from 20 feet away they just looked like grey-painted wheels. It gave the car a bit of an understated look that you don't otherwise get with the regular, clean-and-shiny wheels. Since the factory wheels are pretty nice to begin with, it'd be cool if Mazda offered a set of grey-painted ones as an option.

But now the Speed 3 is clean and back to its regular sparkly self.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: 20,000 Miles and Counting

October 08, 2010



Our MS3 has surpassed 20,000 miles! (Queue the sound of Riswick blowing one of those coiled-up birthday party kazoos.) The mildly momentous occasion occurred about 20 miles east of Bakersfield, Calif., on a rural stretch of Highway 58. To celebrate, I stopped at Murray Family Farms, a 360-acre farm where you can buy seasonal fruit direct as well as pick your own. I had never been there before; this month in particular looks like a fun month to visit for familes as there are a lot of Halloween-oriented activities for kids.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: More Virtual Insanity

September 30, 2010


Yesterday, I fired the first salvo in the Forza Motorsport 3 challenge in our 2002 Corvette Z06. As I predicted, Photo Editor Kurt Niebuhr beat my time of 1:37.968. What I didn't expect was his blistering time of 1:34.131. Some of our esteemed commenters also threw down some times that put me to shame. It looks like it's going to be a long, loud night at CasaHashi.

Last night, I drove out long-term Mazdaspeed 3 home with the intention of wringing it out virtually in Forza, but I had to buy the Summer Velocity Car Pack to get the 2010 model. OK, fine, paid, downloaded and boom, I'm on track.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in the 2010 Mazdaspeed 3, no traction or stability control, no racing lines and only ABS on, I managed to turn a 1:42.978. Sad. If Niebuhr puts up the money for the upgrade pack, I'm doomed. I have it on good authority that this car should be able to turn a 1:50 in real life, so that either means I'm REALLY just that good, or the game is not a realistic measure of lap times. I'm inclined to believe the former (just let me live my little fantasy for a bit, shall we?).

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Looking Inside The Engine

September 22, 2010


Today I found this great image on Mazda's media site. It's a cutaway of the Mazdaspeed3's all-aluminum, 2.3-liter, double-overhead cam, 16-valve, direct injected, turbocharged and intercooled engine.

Click it. Make it bigger. And enjoy.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 19,488 miles

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Hello Zoom Zoom

September 17, 2010


This is the welome message which appears in the multi-information display of a first-generation Mazda 3 -- a normal car for normal people.

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: The Hatch

September 16, 2010


It's a small detail, I know, but the design of our long-term 2010 Mazdaspeed 3's hatch makes me happy every time I put stuff in it. The access point (where you put your hand) to open it is maybe a little lower than optimal, but the payoff is that the liftgate is a continuous surface unmarred by a utilitarian handle. Closing the hatch is even easier than opening it, as the placement of the interior grab handle and the tuning of the liftgate dampers make it a one-hand, one-step process.

Obviously, it's pretty easy to design a lightweight, ergonomic liftgate on a compact car. And clearly, Mazda had to get this one right since the 3 is also sold in Europe, where everybody drives a hatchback and knows exactly how the tail end of one should work. Even so, the execution of this detail is yet one more endearing quality of the current Mazda 3 line.

Video of the hatch being opened and closed after the jump.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 18,890 miles

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2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3: Shinari Concept Adaptation

September 14, 2010


A couple of weeks ago, Mazda unveiled their new Shinari Concept that may dictate its design language going forward. Personally, I think it's a huge step forward since I was never a fan of the smiley face on the current-generation vehicles.

Now, whether or not my concept after the jump is a step forward or backwards is up for debate...

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2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3: Czech

September 10, 2010

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Did somebody leave me a note casting aspersions on my heritage? No. Then was it a note or 3D caption describing the plumbing apparatus clearly visible through the windshield? No. Oh, now I get it. It was a reminder of what could happen if I, like the sincere idiot, cranked the steering wheel too soon while backing out of the parking space in our underground parking structure.

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 18,536 miles

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Wook at That Widdle Face

September 09, 2010


OK, usually I abhor baby talk. I don't care how cute that drooling baby, that furry puppy or my boyfriend is, I'm not going to goo and gah over them. But every time I walk up to our 2010 Mazdaspeed 3, I can't help but coo and smile back. And you may hate on that front end all you want, but once you take this baby for a ride you'll find yourself making the same dopey expression.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Spy Video Revisited

September 08, 2010


For some reason, I love looking back on our old spy shots of cars that are out now to see if what we said about them checks out. And also to see what we made a big deal about back then. I guess it would be kind of like looking at old issues of People Magazine to see who they thought were the new up-and-coming superstars back then. What ever happened to Tom Green?

For the 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 in this 2008 spy video, we guessed that Mazda wouldn't change the turbocharged four-cylinder but would improve the car's traction. Hmm. However, we did guess right about the other stuff -- same turbocharged four-cylinder and stayed front-wheel drive. Woo hoo!

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Pondering the Hood Scoop

September 07, 2010


So our 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 has a very prominent hood scoop but the 2008 Mazdaspeed 3 we tested doesn't. And sure, Editor Ed Hellwig lifted the hood in a previous post but I wanted a closer look.

Peering into the scoop you see what appear to be two vents.

What they look like going in:

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Best Car for Friday Light

September 03, 2010


"Friday Light" is the euphemism L.A. traffic reporters use to describe the not-as-horrendous-as-the-Mon-thru-Thurs-drive Friday morning traffic pattern.

This morning was truly light, and I made the 36-mile run from Seal Beach to Santa Monica in 50 minutes instead of the typical hour and fifteen. And I did it in the Mazdspeed 3, which made it fun instead of just quicker than usual.

But since the Mazda had under a quarter tank of gas when I left the house, it cost me a 12.276-gallon, $39.27-fill-up before I parked the car at the office.

Pay to play, as they say.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 18,249 miles

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Wheels Still Look Great

September 01, 2010


I have always liked these 18-by-7.5-inch cast alloys on our long-term 2010 Mazdaspeed 3, and maybe the best thing about them is that they still look great after almost 18,000 miles in our test fleet. No curb damage, save for a small scrape on the edge of the driver-side rear wheel of all places.

The small lip on the P225/40R18 88Y Dunlop SP Sport 2050 tires undoubtedly has given us some protection when parking. Of course, the Mazdaspeed 3's compact footprint certainly helps as well, as it's pretty difficult to misjudge its perimeter too badly.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 17,892 miles

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: What's a Station Wagon?

August 19, 2010


On the way home today, my daughter and I were chatting in the car and somehow I mentioned the term, "station wagon."

"What's a station wagon?" she asked immediately.

From your average 10-year-old girl this might not seem like a strange question, but my kid knows the difference between coupes, sedans, minivans, SUVs, etc., so her question caught my attention right away.

I started to explain: "You know, station wagon. Not an SUV or minivan, but a car with a rear lift door."

"You mean a hatchback," she said. "Like the one we're driving now," referring to the Mazdaspeed 3.

"No," I said. "Similar, but usually they're longer."

"An Avant," she said, getting impatient with the conversation.

Tissue, Kleenex, wagon, Avant. She was right, but I had never before considered that wagons were so unusual these days, she didn't even know the general term.

For the remaining five-mile or so drive home, I was determined to show her a station wagon.

We never passed a single one.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 16,409 miles

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Oh Yes, You Will Drive One

August 17, 2010


I've taken over the Long-Term Road Test fleet in a peaceful coup d'etat. And I issue this decree: Effective immediately, 2010 Mazdaspeed 3s and maniacal smiles for all. Mwahahaha!

Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3: How Not To Make Friends

August 12, 2010


Commuting through West LA traffic can be tedious. The other day was no different.

I finally managed to get to the "pole position" for a red light. Behind me was a cop. Being 6pm and about four blocks away from the barn I knew he was at the end of his shift.

Light turns green, I give the MS3 a decent amount of acceleration, but not the full deal. Everyone else at the light was afraid of the cop didn't move. I was on the move and literally blew them away. The cop didn't like it. He accelerated hard up next to me for a "I don't like what yer doin' kid" warning. I was laughing inside as I watched the black and white gain on me in my mirrors. When I looked over and give him a bit of a smile, he was not smiling. Ironically he was on his cell phone (it's illegal to use your non-hands free cell phone here in Cali while driving).

I laughed out loud when I saw the iPhone slapped against his mustache. He did not laugh. He then made the left into the station and our standoff was over.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3: Butterface

August 11, 2010


I've driven our Mazdaspeed 3 for the last two nights and it's a blast to drive. I don't think anybody can argue that. It's got awesome acceleration, a great engine note and it handles like it's on rails.


Yeah, everyone has a butterface story. Lord knows some of them are pretty cruel. This is another one to add to the lore. It's a lot of fun, great personality, buuuuuuuuuuut.... Combine the mug only a mother can love with the funky fabric I'm not a fan of, the useless small navigation screen Ed Hellwig recently blogged about, and I wonder if this is such a great car.

Can you overlook it's looks and some funkiness? Would you drop your money on this car?

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Take Driving Seriously, People

August 03, 2010


There's nothing like driving a confidence-inspiring car like our 2010 Mazdaspeed 3. Behind its wheel, I know I can easily take that particular on-ramp with the suggested speed of 30 mph at 40+, jump in front of that slow train of cars before the merge, stop in time when that F-150 decides he wants to be in my lane.

But unfortunately there's just one thing this car, or any fun car for that matter, can't take on: the slow, distracted driver.

There are about four fun spots on my drive to work where, when it's free and clear, I get my jollies: 1) the 405 N on-ramp at Howard Hughes Parkway - low-speed corner and then a straightaway with its own lane on the freeway, 2) the nice sweeping curve of the 405 N-90 W interchange (avoid the gnarly seam in the right lane...unless filming a video), 3) the end of the 90 W freeway which concludes in a 45-mph curve and then a straightaway and 4) the 30-mph kink of Walgrove-23rd street.

I was so looking forward to these in the MS3. But today on the drive to work was denied EACH TIME by slow and/or distracted drivers whether in a wolf pack, staggered so changing lanes was impossible or slow on their own. They were looking for something under their seat, content going the same slow speed as everyone else or just didn't realize that the speed limit was now 20 mph higher. Argh! What a waste of the MS3's time. Now I feel like I started the day on the wrong foot. Pout.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 14,534 miles

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: 3510 Zoom-Zoom Avenue

July 28, 2010


Was on my way out the door this morning when I realized there were dueling Mazdas parked in my driveway.

The Mazda 6 lives here, the Mazdaspeed 3 was just visiting.

Two totally different cars.

Which one would you rather own?

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 14,316 miles

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3 and 2010 VW GTI: Burnout Super Test #3

July 14, 2010


Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: The More Desirable Hatch?

July 09, 2010


Last night I was all set to take the VW GTI home for the night when editor Josh Jacquot asked me to switch cars with him. Before I could raise an eyebrow at him, he said he had a good trade for me and actually preferred the car he had to the GTI. Yup, he had the Mazdaspeed 3. Why did he want to trade? Seems he was going to the airport and had to leave a car there during the time he was gone and apparently since we're short on cars, we needed to leave a car that wouldn't be missed.

I know! I couldn't believe that. I mean, I kinda like the GTI over the MS3. Anyway, turns out he needed to trade because the MS3 needs to be serviced soon and can't be left at the airport for a week. Heh.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 13,407 miles

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: At the Local Watering Hole

July 07, 2010


There are plenty of first-generation Mazda 3 hatchbacks around, but I've never bothered much comparing the two. Until Sunday, when I happened to be parked next to one while waiting for a cafe latte. I like the paint on this original Mazda 3 (which I know is not a 'Speed), but in this moment, it looked dated sitting next to our new, smiley Mazda. I also think the gen-2 car looks more upscale.

Interesting how similar the 17- and 18-inch wheel designs are, though. And no question, the first-gen Mazda 3 has a more natural location for a front license plate.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Big Mouths Are In

June 16, 2010


So our 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 has a big, goofy grin. But just look at the mouth on this 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. And yes, the valet guy was appropriately baffled about why I'd want to take a photo of my little red Mazda with the Gullwing Benz. I bore him no ill will, though, as he left the driver seat exactly as I'd adjusted it.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 12,240 miles

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Well Red

May 05, 2010

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It's not like I spend all my time checking out paint jobs or anything, but as I was passing the Mazdaspeed 3 this morning, I couldn't help but admire its impressive coat of Velocity Red Mica. The paint was all sparkly-like in the sun, as if it had been sprinkled with the glitter dust of a thousand drunk pixies.

The thing about glitter is that it's notoriously camera-shy, so this photo doesn't even begin to do it justice.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 10,550 miles

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Design Critique, Part Deux

April 29, 2010


In my last Mazdaspeed 3 post, I made it clear that I wasn't a fan of its interior design. Well, I'm also not very fond of its grille, either. I don't like cars that look happy or "cute". Especially if a car has performance leanings. So, above, you see the actual Mazdaspeed 3 at my favorite racetrack, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Click through to see how I decided to alter the grille.

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Our Favorite Caption

March 19, 2010


Thanks to technetium99 for this week's favorite caption.

Here are the others that made us grin:

Mazdaspeed Trap (ergsum)
You have the right to a mechanic. (ergsum)
You will respect my authoritay!!! (technetium99)
What we've got here is...failure to decelerate! (ergsum)
The Magnificent 3. (lowmilelude)
Wanna get away...car? (rick8365)
They don't call it "Arrest Me Red" for nothin'. (lmbvette)
For A Few Dollars More...you could have had plaid seats! (technetium99)
You may Zoom-Zoom, but don't pass GO and do not collect $200. (thegraduate)
High-ho smiler! Away! (ampim)
Happy 16th birthday, Opie! (creeper)
I should have known Weed would be a shabby town. (mnorm1)
263 Ponies Express (ergsum)
Hatchback Mountain (ergsum)
Guilty Pleasure (bluepunk82)
Wild Wild East (bluepunk82)
West World, where nothing can go wrong, go wrong, go wrong... (mnorm1)

What was your favorite?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: You Write the Caption

March 19, 2010


Vehicle Testing Manager Mike Schmidt sent me this photo of the Mazdaspeed 3 while traveling to the Cask 'n Cleaver Steakhouse in Fallbrook, CA.

We suggest: Caged Heat

What is your caption?

We'll post our favorite this afternoon.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Say Cheese

March 03, 2010


So what do you think? Does it look less smiley-faced in black?

Thanks to skyggge for sending in a photo of his long-term Mazdaspeed 3.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: It's the Thought That Counts?

February 23, 2010


I checked the oil in our 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 last night in Stockton about 350 miles before the end of a 1,000-mile road trip. It was a long fuel/windshield squeegeeing stop, so the car sat for 15 minutes before I pulled the dipstick. The oil level registered below the "min" mark so I bought a quart 5W30.

I was pleased to find this red brushed metal oil cap. It's as if Mazda anticipated that Mazdaspeed 3 owners would be interested enough in their cars to poke around under the hood, so the company put in a special treat. But like I say, the cap is metal. So if you are at a gas station without a pair of work gloves, that cap is hot, hot, hot.

Mind you, if I owned the Mazdaspeed, I'd probably get on a regular schedule of checking the oil and topping it off at home when the engine is cool... But that isn't always possible, so the cap should probably be boring black plastic.

I poured in half the quart to get the oil level back up where it needed to be. There's a nice cradle of a space to position the bottle for funnel-less pouring. I'm not keen on the dipstick design, though. It's conveniently right in front, but it's kind of buried. A longer tube would be nice.

After my road trip (and you'll be getting a couple more posts about it), we are over the 7,500-mile mark -- at which the Mazdaspeed 3 should receive its first oil change, per the owner's manual. So we'll make an appointment very soon.

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Open Thread

February 16, 2010


What do you want to know about the 2010 Mazdaspeed 3?

Have you driven one? Been a passenger in one? Seen any on the road? Want one for yourself?

Put your thoughts and questions in the comments section.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: The Red Shoe

February 08, 2010


One of my friends says our 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 looks like a big shoe. "That long, flat hood and that stubby hatchback rear... yep, it's a big shoe." He says the same thing about the BMW M coupe and strangely there are two examples of BMW's wild-child hatchback living in our office garage. Both are red.

So, should a self-respecting car guy-person have any reservations about driving around in a giant red shoe? I, for one, do not.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 6,571 miles

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: A Smile Poll

February 04, 2010

Smile Mazdaspeed3!

Finish the following sentence: "This front styling ..."

A) ... Is growing on me

B) ... Oh yuck, shrink that picture! Shrink that picture!

C) ... Could be worse I guess, but I like the old one better

D) ... Is smiling! Awwww, that's adorable!

E) ... Is dopey, but at least functional for air flow

F) ... Is crap, but who cares? Check out that turbo!

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 6,461 miles

(I'm siding with C for now)

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Fender Gap

December 21, 2009


Is it just me...

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Open Thread

November 17, 2009


What do you want to know about the 2010 Mazdaspeed 3?

Have you driven one, been in one, seen one on the road?

Write your review in the comments section.

Let us know if you want us to take pictures or video of anything specific?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 MazdaSpeed3: As Camera Platform

November 16, 2009


No, we didn't buy a 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport. But did you ever wonder how we get these zoom-zoom road shots? The right answer is NOT photoshop. We call them "car-to-car" shots and it helps if we've got 3 people involved (one drives the subject car, one drives the camera car, and one shoots the photos), but here's one way to do it when you've got just one driver and one photographer.

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Zippy

November 15, 2009


It's the newest member of our long-term fleet and it is most enjoyable.

My first taste of it came when I took the caption contest photo for Halloween. All I did was drive it from one floor of our parking structure to another. I didn't even get any higher than second gear and, boy, I could tell this car was zippy.

It's fast. It's fun. It's happy. And it's Car of the Week.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Our Favorite Caption

October 30, 2009


Thanks to subaru123 for this week's favorite caption.

There were so many great entries, half of them from ergsum. We had to have two rounds of voting. We debated these finalists forever:

Little understeer, but a lot of overbite! (ergsum)
Is there anything in my teeth? (lowmilelude)
It comes with a six-speed Translyvanian. (eidolways)
The STI says you suck! (subaru123)
An Anne Ricer (ergsum)
Bumper sticker: "My Car Ate Your Honor Student" (ergsum)

These were the other succulent entries:
Mazdaspeed Demon (ergsum)
I guess daytime running lights and a sunroof are out of the question. (ergsum)
Does 0 to 666 in 6.4 seconds. (ergsum)
The competition looks a bit pale now... (stephen987)
Tricked out Treat! (ergsum)
You bite the caption (stpawyfrmdonut)
Laps up more than just track miles. (eidolways)
How many miles to the pint does it get? (ergsum)
Goes like a bat out of hell (mnorm1)
Exhume-Exhume! (actualsize)
Holds the fastest time up Widow's Peak. (sideswiper)
Bleed for Speed. (themiddleroad)
I vant to suck your Mobil 1 !! (SnakeDoctor)
Mazda takes FlexFuel concept to the extreme! (anonimo)
Trying to pass, is in vein. (mnorm1)
Neck and neck with the competition. (themiddleroad)
Traffic bites. (themiddleroad)

What was your favorite?

Happy Halloween.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2010 Mazdaspeed 3: You Write the Caption

October 30, 2009


Happy Halloween from Edmunds.com.

We took this picture of our newest long-termer, the 2010 Mazdaspeed 3, in our parking garage. Dracula PhotoShop work is by Mark Takahashi.

We suggest: MazdaBleed 3

What are your hauntingly good captions?

We'll post our favorite this afternoon.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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