I just bought an '08 model Speed 3, and it is a truly fabulous car! As a performance enthusiast, I have owned a few cars and driven quite a few more, and this is honestly one of the nicest cars I have...
I just bought an '08 model Speed 3, and it is a truly fabulous car! As a performance enthusiast, I have owned a few cars and driven quite a few more, and this is honestly one of the nicest cars I have driven on a daily basis. Although I am still young, I am extremely particular about many aspects my cars, and about the driving experience, and the Speed 3 performs like a true sports car but still costs thousands of dollars less.
Performance - This car is completely fast enough for everyday, and will scare most drivers into backing off before it decides to let go, period (coming from a driver who has spent the majority of his youth, and his money, at the track)!
The ride is a liitle stiff, but is to be expected and benefits the car anyway, so is not unbearable.
I love the looks this car gets, not because it is the greatest looking car on the planet, but because the looks speak to a sense of confusion more than anything (Why/how is that Mazda 3 going so bloody FAST?!)!
Car has relatively minimal turbo lag, and the LSD, DSC, Traction Control, and torque mgmt software do simply amazing things to keep this FWD monster in check if you may have a heavier right hoof than most!
If you are looking for a $25000-$30000 "Porsche" than you can put all your stuff in the back of, this is THE Car!
Truly Great machine. Don't know what else to say other than, buy one before Mazda stops selling them!