2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Sport Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 - Road Test Specs

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Hatchback

(2.3L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual)


Model year2010
ModelMazdaspeed 3
StyleSport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Base MSRP$23,945
Options on test vehicleMazdaspeed 3 Tech Package ($1,895 -- includes navigation system, alarm system, keyless ignition and Bose audio system with CD changer and satellite radio).
As-tested MSRP$25,840


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeDirect-injection inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,260cc (138 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.5
Redline (rpm)6,750
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)263 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)280 @ 3,000
Transmission typeSix-speed manual


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandDunlop
Tire modelSP Sport 2050
Tire typeSummer
Tire size, frontP225/40R18 88Y
Tire size, rearP225/40R18 88Y
Wheel size18-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAluminum alloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.3
0-60 mph (sec.)6.4
0-75 mph (sec.)8.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.4 @ 99.5
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)113
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)72.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.89
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.3
@ Full throttle (dB)78.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)69.7

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsHard to launch well. Wants to bog or boil but not put power down. Hence the run with traction control on was almost identical to the run with it off. Shifter is VERY reluctant to change gears quickly. Must shift at least 800 rpm early for best times.
Braking ratingVery Good
Braking commentsConsistent pedal feel -- not as hard or responsive as I remember, but still good. Short stops. No fade.
Handling ratingVery Good
Handling commentsSkid pad: Still won't rotate off throttle. Highly "managed" even with stability control turned off. Slalom: Very controllable and easy to predict. Well-mannered over midcorner bumps. Steering is accurate and precise, even without conventional engine-driven pump. Overall, a big improvement here. Can't wait to hit the road in this car.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)70.6
Wind (mph, direction)2.0 mph headwind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/25 highway
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,245
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,243
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)62.3/37.7
Length (in.)177.6
Width (in.)69.7
Height (in.)57.5
Wheelbase (in.)103.9
Track, front (in.)60.4
Track, rear (in.)60.0
Turning circle (ft.)36.1
Legroom, front (in.)42.0
Legroom, rear (in.)36.2
Headroom, front (in.)38.9
Headroom, rear (in.)38.0
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.9
Shoulder room, rear (in.)54.0
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)17.0
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)42.8


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front and dual rear with head protection chambers
Head airbagsStandard front
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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