While the proportions of the new 2010 MazdaSpeed3 are as good as ever, the new front-end styling better matches the hunkered-down stance and more aggressive bodywork and wheels—looking a bit like a menacing grimace. No regrets purchasing this car as of yet. Mazda has also revised the suspension tuning with a small increase in spring rates, and a bigger increase in damping. To see how much different the new version looks, check out this comparison with the 2009 Mazda3. The 2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 takes the standard Mazda3 styling to a whole new level with more aggressive visual cues. Great car to mod, parts are cheap and these cars make a ton of power! The use of high-strength and ultra-high strength steel in the safety structures like bumpers and side impact beams has nearly doubled, making these areas both stronger and lighter. I also own a Corvette, and this car is just about as much fun to drive.
In general, a stiffer structure allows firmer suspension tuning without compromising ride comfort. The full list of standards is extensive, and again, Mazda has gone the distance at this price-point. If you are looking to modify this car, you will need a bigger budget than what you would need for other cars in the past. The 'Speed3 was redesigned for 2010, and the new design has been criticized by some for its huge, grinning grille. Jekyll look - and you'd better be buckled up when that alter ego takes control. Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. There's a cutout window around those pillars, and that's desperately needed in this car.
But seriously, it will quickly grow on you. We review every problem as we work to keep our roads safe. Get the 10 year warranty as they dealers are aggressive in their pricing if you hold out. The steering is sublime, the shifter and gear ratios are beyond reproach and all that torque is delivered in a seamless wave that executes point-to-point track-attacks with ease. Performance Dynamics Test drivers are impressed with the 2010 Mazdaspeed3's quick acceleration and balanced handling. To the untrained eye, the Mazdaspeed3 could appear to swim in that sea of buzzy pretenders, but it doesn't belong there. Mazda also got rid of almost all the options on this car, so you can't get full-leather upholstery, heated seats or a moonroof.
Conclusion If German cars or rear-wheels drive models are your passion, then you should keep looking, the Mazdaspeed3 is not the car for you. Off I went in my new Bug with a smile on my face. Once you get past the Joker-like grin, everything falls into place. Even I have to admit that the best reason to buy a Mazdaspeed3, however, is not its styling. It has some issues that might keep it from the top of the heap, but if I had one, I'd use it to carry my bike and show it off to my speed-freak friends, confident that they'd have. Now, there was torque steer — meaning you almost feel the steering wheel fight you when you accelerate quickly. Senior editor Jonny Lieberman admires the engine, noting,… Months in Fleet: 9 Mileage: 15,500Our 2010 Mazdaspeed3 has all the makings of a winning hot hatch.
Finally, a word about the Mazdaspeed3's ride quality: It's good. At first glance, I was skeptical that I'd be able to read it, but it was surprisingly legible. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc. Mazdaspeed3 in the Market Like I said, the Mazdaspeed3 has to be on your shopping list if you're interested in a fast hatchback. As a five-door hatchback, versatility and utility are the name of the game for the 2010 Mazda Mazda3.
The standard stereo is good, and I don't need push button start. Skidpad is a solid 0. It's nimble, stiffly sprung, has a sultry burble to its exhaust note, and despite plenty of wheel-wrenching torque steer, is a ton of fun to drive with a heavy right foot. Understeer comes on smoothly and predictably, allowing a quick lift to bring things back into line, and with that much twist available at nearly any rpm in any gear, mid-corner flubs are replaced with heroic exits. The nav controls on the steering wheel may well be a stroke of brilliance and though the screen is….
Its combination of power, handling, practicality and value has proved to be unbeatable in the various Edmunds comparison tests it's participated in over the years. Steering feel and response have been improved through more rigid 3-point mounting of the steering rack, compared to the previous 2-point system. Combines Side Barrier and Side Pole Star Ratings into a single side rating. To the untrained eye, the Mazdaspeed3 could appear to swim in that sea of buzzy pretenders, but it doesn't belong there. Blasting off from a standstill is a fun endeavor when the turbo kicks in at full boost.
Overall, the styling is mean and lean…even the overbearing front end works with the overall design. Staffers enjoy the Mazda's power response, its excellent steering, and the flexible cabin. While its styling has proven controversial, we tend to like it. Let the seats down and you've got lots of extra space. Plenty of storage space in the back, even with the seats up. Make no mistake, the Mazdaspeed3 is the real deal.