Meet Your 2010 MazdaSpeed3

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The Mazdaspeed3 is the high-powered, performance-tuned version of the Mazda3 hatchback.

The Mazdaspeed3 is a true "hot-hatch", featuring a 263-hp, turbocharged, 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. To keep all that power under control at the front wheels, it's standard with a new six-speed manual transmission, limited-slip differential, a torque management system, electronic stability and traction control, 18-inch wheels and tires and sport-tuned suspension. Safety features include six airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist, active anti-whiplash front head restraints and an engine immobilizer system. For those needing more creature comforts, an optional tech package includes a 6-disc BOSE audio system, navigation, satellite radio, advanced keyless entry with push button start and a perimeter alarm.

The Mazdaspeed3 is an all new design for 2010.

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The exhaust note is sweet, and again, quiet when cruising but it opens up nicely when you want a little "sport" in your day.
- Canadian Driver, CarsDirect
It's a little rascal of a car-gleefully defiant, tailback nimble, electric-shock quick, hatchback practical
- Car and Driver, CarsDirect
By the end of our test, it was clear the GTI was ascendant in all-around livability. But if smoky-burnout hooliganism is the priority, the Speed 3 is still the champ.
- Car and Driver, CarsDirect

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Full Review

Re-engineered premium car at compact price.

Introduction

The 2010 Mazda 3 is a premium car in a compact package.The Mazda3 is available as a four-door sedan or four-door hatchback, and offers comfort and luxury features we're not used to seeing in a small car.

The Mazda3 has been reengineered for the 2010 model year.It gets new styling inside and out, a larger, more powerful engine, new transmissions, and even more luxury and technology amenities than the generous helping it offered before.It hasn't been completely redesigned, however.It keeps the same basic architecture, with some upgrades.Introduced for the 2004 model year, Mazda calls the 2010 Mazda3 an evolution, not a revolution of the previous model.Built on a Volvo platform, the previous Mazda3 was a sales and critical success for Mazda.With that in mind, Mazda hasn't radically changed anything on its sales leader.Instead, the company set out to make incremental improvements.

Inside, the Mazda3 adds Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, a Bose Centerpoint surround system, and an available Multi-Information Display that adds a second level of information.The interior is first-class interior with lots of other available amenities.Higher line models get a Multi-Information Display below the windshield that houses readouts for the vehicle information center, climate system, radio presets, and even the available navigation system.A unique cluster of buttons on the steering wheel controls these functions.The readouts are easy to see and the steering wheel controls work intuitively.It's a pretty trick setup.The other controls are mounted high on the dash's center stack, and are also easy to see and use.

The Mazda3 is practical, with useful small items storage up front, as well as plenty of room for the front passengers.The back seat will fit two adults fairly comfortably, provided the front occupants aren't too tall.In both the sedan and hatchback, the rear seats fold 60/40 to create a mostly flat load floor.Flip the back seats down in the hatchback and you'll have lots of cargo room.With its sportier character, better looks, and more useful interior space, the hatch is our choice between the two body styles.

The 2010 Mazda3 benefits from several architectural enhancements designed to make the structure stiffer.The result is a sporty car that feels firm and composed on the road, with moderate lean in turns.The steering is sharp and precise, and the brakes provide a linear pedal feel.The suspension deals well with most bumps, though large ruts can pound through with the available 17-inch wheels.

Two engines are offered.The base engine is a 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder that provides adequate power for most needs.Fuel conscious buyers will want this engine, as it delivers EPA fuel economy as high as 25 mpg City/33 mpg Highway.Those who prefer a sportier driving experience will want the new 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which delivers 167 horsepower and is available with a smooth-shifting six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic with manual shift capability.

Mazda rightly points out that in many countries a compact car is a destination rather than starting point for car owners, and that's partly due to fuel costs.The Mazda 3 is an affordable car that offers a pleasant interior environment, sporty handling, and useful space.

top Body Exterior featuresBase
Turn signal indicator mirrorsY
Heated door mirrorsY
SpoilerY
Power door mirrorsY
top Convenience Features featuresBase
Power windowsY
Driver vanity mirrorY
Front dual zone A/CY
Tilt steering wheelY
Overhead consoleY
Memory seatY
Telescoping steering wheelY
Driver door binY
1-touch downY
Passenger vanity mirrorY
1-touch upY
Navigation systemY
Air conditioningY
Remote keyless entryY
Front beverage holdersY
Automatic temperature controlY
Illuminated entryY
Rear beverage holdersY
Speed controlY
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorY
Passenger door binY
top Entertainment Features featuresBase
MP3 decoderY
CD playerY
Steering wheel mounted audio controlsY
top Lighting, Visibility and Instrumentation featuresBase
Rear window wiperY
Rain sensing wipersY
Front fog lightsY
Trip computerY
Front reading lightsY
Variably intermittent wipersY
Rear window defrosterY
Fully automatic headlightsY
Outside temperature displayY
TachometerY
top Powertrain featuresBase
Variable valve controlY
Limited slip differentialY
top Safety and Security featuresBase
Overhead airbagY
Dual front impact airbagsY
Traction controlY
Occupant sensing airbagY
4 wheel disc brakesY
Ignition disableY
Panic alarmY
ABS brakesY
Security systemY
Dual front side impact airbagsY
Anti-whiplash front head restraintsY
Brake assistY
Electronic stabilityY
top Seats and Trim featuresBase
Leather shift knobY
Rear seat centre armrestY
Power driver seatY
Front centre armrestY
Heated front seatsY
Split folding rear seatY
top Suspension/Handling featuresBase
Power steeringY
Alloy wheelsY
Rear anti-roll barY
Front anti-roll barY
Speed-sensing steeringY
Sport suspensionY
Four wheel independent suspensionY
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