Wednesday, August 11, 2010

In the driveway: 2010 Mazdaspeed 3

2010 Mazdapeed3 - Subcompact CultureIt's been a couple of months since the last full vehicle review on Subcompact Culture. But my latest review vehicle—the 2010 Mazdaspeed 3—is a great way to get back into the swing of things.

I drove the turbocharged goodness that is the Mazdaspeed 3 at the Run to the Sun event last month and it was a hoot. My second coming of the turbo 3 has reiterated that it's a performance bargain at $23,195 + $750 in freight. My test model is $25,880 with some options. For this you get 263 hp and 280 ft./lbs. of torque, a limited slip diff, a six-speed manual trans, and a metric ton of torque steer. Better keep both hands on the wheel at wide-open throttle!

Full review to follow, so stay tuned.


Justan Brandt said...

She looks pretty, looking forward to your review.

Andy Lilienthal said...

Sure is pretty. In fact, I just the "Velocity Red Mica" paint is actually metallic. Looks fantastic in the sun.

Anonymous said...

Hey Andy, I've got a 2010 MS3 and I am absolutely in love with the vehicle.

One major gripe, it will grind into third gear after driving spiritedly around a corner in 1st or 2nd. Drives me nuts.

ankur said...

havent been on here in a while 39; but glad you've been chugging out content!

This ms3 felt less raw than the car it replaced, and a bit slower, but overall a better DD to me.

And of course, theres that big grin it has. haha.