2009 Mazda MAZDASPEED3
There are 9 user reviews for the Grand Touring 5-Door trim shown below
- Fits a woman driver well, beefy engine, serious get-up-and-go
- Torque conflicts with steering capabilities on hard take offs
Purchased As New
I owned a regular Mazda3 and loved it, but I always wished it had a little more UMMMPH! A year ago, I upgraded to Speed3 and never looked back. I took my Speed3 to Europe where it really had a chance to shine on the fast Euro freeways. Heads turn when I start it up, people can’t believe that the vet-sounding noise is coming from my innocent looking car. The lower frame and sporty tires give it an aggressive but non-presumptuous look.
The interior is clean-cut and functional. The partial-leather seat fabric is durable and sporty but, this is not a car for chunky-butt people. The seats seem to wrap around you to hold you in place, so if you have a large rear end, you’ll be uncomfortable in the front. (The RX8 is a much tighter fit). I can fit 4 (normal sized) adults comfortably and the back seat is very spacious.
The suspension is tight, as it should be on a car built for speed, but it makes for a jolting ride on cobbled/older European roads. The clutch is also very tight and requires an experienced manual driver to get the performance this car is capable of delivering. If you are used to loser car, you’ll need to sharpen up to drive the Speed3.
I had the cold air intake installed and I can blow by most anything on the road and I had no problems with the maintenance of the intake filter, as it was hardly dirty after a year of driving. I also added the fitted rubber mat for the cargo bay and it makes hauling my dog around a clean and easy job.
The Bose system is great, it’s beefy enough for my tastes but, I wish they had put the AUX plug in a better location. It is at the bottom of the center console and makes plugging and unplugging an iPod difficult if you want to put anything in that console.
The torque does cause some inference with the steering if you really take off hard. The wheel can jerk if you aren’t prepared. I’ve had it happen twice when I was in tight traffic trying to move out of the way quickly.
I’m not sure I’ll enjoy driving this car on American roads because there are too many cops and not enough places to really ‘open her up’. But all in all, I really love this car as the muscled up version the Mazda3.
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