Intro: Wedged-and-creased body panels, a wide-mouth grille, a functional hood scoop, and all-around fierce styling announce the arrival of the 2010 Mazdaspeed3 sport-compact hatchback. The performance brother to the 5-passenger Mazda3, the Mazdaspeed3 is much more than just a looker.
Performance upgrades such as a Mazdaspeed-tuned suspension, front-and-rear stabilizer bars, Mazda speed-tuned exhaust system and the standard limited-slip differential that minimizes wheel spin on the inside wheel of a turn, all combine to make the Mazdaspeed3 a formidable handler.
Performance: The Mazdaspeed3 comes equipped with a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4, sending 263 horsepower and 280 pound feet of torque to the front wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission.
Fuel Economy: Fuel economy for the Mazdaspeed3 is as follows:
Features: While drivers may fawn over its performance credentials, the Mazdaspeed3 also boasts impressive creature comforts, starting with the bold leather trimmed interior. Base equipment includes Bluetooth hands free communication system, and a 6-speaker CD/MP3 stereo.
Opting for the Tech Package upgrades the stereo to a Bose 242-watt 6-disc changer 12-speaker sound system, and adds a navigation system, all operated via the standard multifunction steering wheel.
Safety: Standard safety features include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, dynamic stability control, traction control, side-impact door beams, collapsible steering column and break pedal, and front and side impact airbags.
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2010 Mazdaspeed3 is $23,195 in its lone trim. All Mazda's are backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: The Mazdaspeed3 will satisfy the thrill-seeking sports-compact customer with aggressive styling, a potent turbocharged engine, and an accommodating interior packed with standard features.