By New Mazdaspeed Freak on
Vehicle2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
ReviewThis car may be the perfect combination of practical features and all-out performance. I owned a few BMWs prior to buying the Speed 3 in November, and while the Mazda doesn't quite measure up to the Bimmers' build quality or luxury, it is surprisingly adequate in both areas. I will probably keep this car forever as nothing even remotely close to its price is appreciably faster and nothing this fun to drive has as much utility.
Best FeaturesThere are many: the ferocious boost under full-throttle acceleration, freeway passing power, lovely seats, nice interior, exhaust note, reasonable fuel economy, and stealth look. Also, how did I ever live without a hatch?
Worst FeaturesWider stock tires as the traction is easily overwhelmed despite the excellent traction control. This car should have eight-inch wide wheels and 235 tires. I prefer rear-wheel drive, but that would change the nature of the car.
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