2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3
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Look forward to driving it daily

by from Westfield, Ma. on May 8, 2012

I am a salesman and drive 60 to 120 miles a day. I bought this vehicle to make my job fun. I have had 5 Mustangs going back to 1968. All had 5.0 v8. The Speed 3 is more fun because of the lack of bulk...
I am a salesman and drive 60 to 120 miles a day. I bought this vehicle to make my job fun. I have had 5 Mustangs going back to 1968. All had 5.0 v8. The Speed 3 is more fun because of the lack of bulk compared to the Mustgangs. I need 4 doors and I love the technology and the Blue tooth phone system is excellent. The Bose 10 speaker system is great. I rate the steering on this car as good as you can get on a front driver. If I have a beef its the electronic gas pedal. It is very difficult to match revs during normal driving. Blasting through the gears is the solution but it gets you tickets. I bought a Scion TC in 2011 but it was hard to work out of and the Honda Civic SI guys always wanted to race you. They knew they could win. I don't get that with the Speed 3. Just buy one and start having fun, they are the best bang for the buck I have owned.
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Surprises me and friends every day!

by from Oahu Hawaii on July 8, 2012

Well when I sold my truck I decided I wanted to buy myself a new car. I passed by the mazda dealership and I saw a 2008 rx-8 for sale. I've owned mostly z28 camaros and 5.0 mustangs I've never owned a...
Well when I sold my truck I decided I wanted to buy myself a new car. I passed by the mazda dealership and I saw a 2008 rx-8 for sale. I've owned mostly z28 camaros and 5.0 mustangs I've never owned a 4 cylinder car that was fast, however I owned a mazda6 back in 2008. I knew Mazda's have great handling and after being disappointed with the rx-8 mostly because no low end torque and terrible practicality. The salesman said "have you ever driven a mazdaspeed3?" I laughed at first in my head thinking: a Hatchback?: of course I decided to humor him. What I discovered was an amazing fun car for the price with enough features to keep a old car driver like me very happy. I felt like I was driving a top of the line car. The things I don't like about the car... The interior is a little over the top in the way of looking like a 5 year old created it. I say that because of the ridiculous red splashes in the seats. I do like the leather accents which make it feel premium, without a premium price. The clutch take up could be significantly better and the 0-60 throttle restriction did nothing to curb the tremendous torque steer. The powerband drops off a little bit too early which makes you yearn for more every time you do a sprint though the gears, as it feels like your redline is 6000 rpm which is where I notice a drop in the high end power. That aside this is an amazing car and as long as you keep your foot out of it you can get 28+ miles per gallon. If you are looking for the most comfortable hot hatch this is not where you look, however if you are looking for the best front drive fast hatch on the market for under 30k look no further than the mazdaspeed3. This car has me smiling everytime I get behind the wheel.
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Nice sports car

by from Houston, TX on November 5, 2011

Bought new 2012 mazdaspeed 3 a month ago. Car drives amazing. Interior is nicely designed. its got more than enough power to keep up with the v8s. Only thing I don't enjoy that much is the suspension....
Bought new 2012 mazdaspeed 3 a month ago. Car drives amazing. Interior is nicely designed. its got more than enough power to keep up with the v8s. Only thing I don't enjoy that much is the suspension. It is a little harsh for daily use. Overall it's one of best sports car I have owned.
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Mazdaspeed 3

by from San Mateo, CA on August 20, 2012

This car is blast to drive... fast and nimble. I still find myself surprised by how much brute power this little car has packed under that hood. Fast and fun to drive.. what more can anybody ask for ...
This car is blast to drive... fast and nimble. I still find myself surprised by how much brute power this little car has packed under that hood. Fast and fun to drive.. what more can anybody ask for when it comes to a hatchback? =p
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Mazdaspeed 3

by from on June 13, 2012

Awesome, fast, inexpensive, fun! This is a great car as a daily driver or weekend track car. Tech package has a ton of premium options.
Awesome, fast, inexpensive, fun! This is a great car as a daily driver or weekend track car. Tech package has a ton of premium options.
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Performance on a budget

by from chicago, il on February 16, 2012

Great handling car with effortless acceleration and very good braking. Although the styling is controversial, the aggressive looks succeed on the Mazdaspeed3 with the lower suspension, wider wheels, a...
Great handling car with effortless acceleration and very good braking. Although the styling is controversial, the aggressive looks succeed on the Mazdaspeed3 with the lower suspension, wider wheels, and low profile tires. The hood scoop and large rear spoiler also complement the aggressive styling. I use the car for everyday driving and have kids, four and nine, who love riding with me. Decent room in the hatch. One element that is both a benefit and a drawback: it comes with excellent high performance tires, but if you live in a snowy climate you'll need a winter tire and wheel package. But with winter tires it'll pull you through very reliably and safely.
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Fun to Drive? Oh yeah!

by from Oregon on November 7, 2011

This car is my daily driver here in the Northwest US. I looked at many different cars online and in magazines and decided on this one for the following reasons: 1) Fun to drive. 2) Good relability. 3)...
This car is my daily driver here in the Northwest US. I looked at many different cars online and in magazines and decided on this one for the following reasons: 1) Fun to drive. 2) Good relability. 3) Reasonable Gas Mileage. 4) Limited slip differential. 5) Practicality of the hatchback design. The car came with good summer performance tires; a set of Continental DWS All Seasons gave it a little loss of handling but much quieter and slightly softer ride. The standard equipment and interior are excellent for the price.
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Keeps me smiling

by from St. Louis, Mo on December 5, 2012

Other than the shifting which I enhanced with a after market rear motor mount, and short shifting plate/bushings, and premium synthetic transmission fluid. I love everything about this car. I purchase...
Other than the shifting which I enhanced with a after market rear motor mount, and short shifting plate/bushings, and premium synthetic transmission fluid. I love everything about this car. I purchased mine used with the tech package which the keyless entry push button start is my favorite.
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Funnnnnn!!!!!!!

by from Nh on February 1, 2012

This car puts a smile on my face every time I get behind the wheel!! I only wish it was a 5 speed cause 1st gear in pretty much useless when you mash the throttle!!!
This car puts a smile on my face every time I get behind the wheel!! I only wish it was a 5 speed cause 1st gear in pretty much useless when you mash the throttle!!!
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10,000 Miles

by from Philthadelphia, PA on February 23, 2012

Cross shopped WRX, Ralliart, GTI. None offer as much equipment for the money. I've deemed third gear the yellow light gear as its the one to go to in order to blast from 35 ish to 65 or so. Merging is...
Cross shopped WRX, Ralliart, GTI. None offer as much equipment for the money. I've deemed third gear the yellow light gear as its the one to go to in order to blast from 35 ish to 65 or so. Merging is a joke, even in Philly where no one moves over (I'm a burgher), simply engage the yellow light gear and go. Constant 75 mph on Pa turnpike for 300 miles yields 28 mpg as calculated at the pump. Even in sixth you easily pass any car with vigor. Exhaust is very quiet at highway speeds. Seats are comfortable but if you're anything other than slim to medium weight (I'm 5'10 and 175 on a fat day) they will most likely be to form fitting for you. Overall, very pleased with the purchase Pick a speed you think is safe to go on an onramp, add ten miles per hour and then another five where your former 16 year old self would go around a turn and that's about right. The "Yellow light gear" is a big deal. I for one actually like the styling. Its very pronounced and looks flat out mean from a rear view mirror. Storage space is great. I take off my front tire for my mountain bike and it easily fits in the back. Rear seat room is comfortable for 2 full size adults. Lots of steering wheel controls. Engine is built for real world meat of the tachometer way down low kind of impulse prods of the loud pedal. Seat pads are not quite 6 hour drive comfortable. I would like the steering to be more communicative. The the yin and yang of the clutch take up could be better. Nav system is simple and gets you where you need to go. It always works but isn't as good as google maps. Screen is small but i've never had and issue being able to see where it wanted me to go. Language of the Audible directions is nice. For instance it will tell you "Turn left and then make the first right".
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