2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 User Reviews
Sport 5-Door shown
- No trim specified for this review
- Power, torque, comfort, handling. You don't see one everyday.
- Premium fuel, higher than average insurance rates.
Purchased As New
First of all. I have always been a "truck guy". Full size, brawny trucks with high performance upgrades have always been my cup of tea. After nearly 30 years of driving these gas guzzling, cash siphoning, ego inflating beasts, I decided to try something different.
I caught the Mazdaspeed3 in my crosshairs. I have read over and over how many people think the MS3 is an ugly or funny looking little car. Not to my eyes. I truly believe it is a thing of beauty, only to be fully enjoyed in person. I love the look. Now that I own it, I love the execution as well. Looks are subjective. Despite what you may read in the latest auto enthusiast rags, I have heard nothing but compliments to the highest degree about my Velocity Red colored little wonder. Young. Old. Male. Female. It's all pretty much been a love fest whenever someone makes a comment about the MS3.
I realized early on that I have been missing out on what "fun driving" really is. The MS3 is a blast to drive! Whether tooling around town, blasting down your favorite twisty country road or zipping through traffic on what used to be a mundane interstate. You will have a grin on your face that will be tough to wipe off. The 263 ponies available along with the smile inducing 280lbs of real world torque, make driving anywhere a pleasure.
The utility of the MS3 is something that only makes the deal that much sweeter. You will be shocked as to how much cargo room this car has available. Drop the rear seat down and make that run to Home Depot. Go ahead. I dare you.
The sticker rating for MPG is 25 Hwy and 18 City. The worst "average" I've had so far, is 23.7 MPG. I typically get over 31 MPG on the highway, with a normal combined average of 25.3 MPG. Despite all that performance that is sitting under the hood, this is an economical vehicle as well. It just depends on how much you spool up that inter-cooled turbocharger during those "lets see what she's got" asphalt episodes. I love this car!
Great job Mazda. Zoom-Zoom indeed....read morehide
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- Good Fuel Economy*,Smooth Riding*, Perfect Acceleration.
- No Factory Turbo Timmer Kit, No Back-UP Sensors, Some Torque Steer
Purchased As New
If you wish you could have a Sport Car that fits almost everybody budget...Here it is. This car is for me one of the best economy sport cars out there. For been a sport car and been Turbo it has a pretty decent Fuel Economy ( I manage to get 22-26 City and 32-36 Highway, that is with "polite driving"). The Ride is very smooth, almost no body roll and it will behave on bad roads. But it will still be stiff enough to have some fun on corners and on the Track. As far as acceleration is Almost to good to be true. Remembering that it is a modest sport car it has the right acceleration point, were you have fun and don't think that the car is out to kill you!. On the bad end of the spectrum this car is not perfect. For started it those not have a factory turbo timer(not even with the tech package). That is one of the most annoying thing having to wait "AT LEAST" 30 second after hard ridding for the turbine to cool down(Yes it is even said in the owner manual). The other part that I wish was there was the Back-up proximity sensors, It has a great rear view but still it is something desire. And on the Last bid the torque steer, I love torque steer but been realist most people don't(Still a mystery to me :) ) But it those have some torque steer special on VERY HARD and sudden acceleration on Low gears. The only Thing that still can not speak about is reliability (too new to specify) To end this Review I MUST TAKE OF MY HAT TO MAZDA for this GREAT CAR. A great car for the PEOPLE, NO Really THANKS! :)...read morehide
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- No trim specified for this review
- power, performance, best bang for the buck
- premium gas. summer tires in the midwest? watch the clutch!
Purchased As New
This is my second 2010 Mazda 3 the first was a 5 door sport, the Mazdaspeed 3 or MS3 is an entirely new animal, the engine alone is worth its own review, tons of power and 280 ft/lbs of torque at 3000 rpm, that equates close to 60mph on the highway in 6th gear. need to merge on the highway? just step on the gas, and your going 90 before you can look at the speedo, need to pass a truck? what truck? your gone. In the 5 door sport u would have to think twice and down shift if you were going for it, not in the MS3! the ride is firmer and you feel all the bumps in the road and shifts if your not smooth, but it is a sports car, so its part of the deal.
The clutch in this car if very tricky it has a small engagement zone and if you are not paying attention you will find yourself stalling in traffic frequently!! until you learn the sweet spot.
All this is great however, it needs premium gas 91 octane nothing less ouch!! I guess all the extra ponies need the extra oats! so u need to think twice if you are going to speed racer this car, the mileage is not terrible but compared to the 5door sport I'm filling up 3 times a week compared to twice, I never drive with less than 1/2 a tank I'm OCD with that. if you short shift and try to hyper-mile in this car your avg is 29.5mpg I managed 33.1mpg on the highway once. not bad..if your careful. you can be going 35 in 6th gear and have plenty of torque to accelerate.
Now if you live in the mid west like me the first thing on your to do list is buying all season tires or winter tires!!! I'm dreading the first snow fall. other wise this car is like the 5 door sport, on mega steroids. its practical, comfortable if your shifting is smooth, and to me the best bang for your buck! mine was out the door for 22,500 with some wheeling and dealing. that's cheaper than a 5 door sport grand touring!...read morehide
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