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2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3

  • 2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Base Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      263/280
    • ENGINE
      2.3L I4
    • MSRP
      $23,340
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2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 Review

Hatchback that handles well and looks really hot

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2010 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 is a good-looking four-door hatchback with a good price, superior style, and impeccable prowess. Propelled by a 2.3 liter turbocharged engine churning out 263 horsepower joined to the six-speed, close ratio gearbox, the MAZDASPEED3 is definitely agile on the road. In addition, this cool hatchback has a great safety record, and gas mileage is in the 18 mpg city / 25 mpg highway range, according to EPA ratings.

Sporting outstanding styling, the MAZDASPEED3 has Mazda's emblematic smiling front grille, flared haunches in the back, an 18-inch wheel structure, and beautifully sculpted side skirts. The MAZDASPEED3 also has a front locate intercooler scoop and a rear spoiler, which improves the hatchback's performance. The cabin boasts LED gauges, bolstered front seats, and red and black interior contrasts.

New for 2010

For 2010, the MAZDASPEED3 was totally redesigned. Among the improvements are a revised cooling system designed to improve power delivery and greater ability in second through sixth gears. A recalibrated torque management system improves steering control and torque output, while helping mitigate torque steer, although this is still an issue. Rigidity is increased by two percent, due to the use of higher strength steel on the front in crucial safety areas and suspension components.

Essentials

Engine: 2.3L turbocharged I-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Body Style: Four-door hatchback
Trim: Base Hatchback

On the Outside

Viewed from any angle, the 2010 MAZDASPEED3 looks aggressive yet is stylish and functional. In addition, the 18-inch wheels give the hatchback a wider, lower look.

From the Inside

Among the most significant standard features in the MAZDASPEED3 interior are Bluetooth connectivity, three-spoke steering wheel with red stitching, dual zone climate control, 60/40 folding rear seats, six-speaker audio system, and MAZDASPEED badge on the door sills.

Driving Performance

The MAZDASPEED3's 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine responds quickly to throttle inputs, while the stiffer springs, harder dampers, and stickier performance rubber provide excellent road grip. Zero to sixty is fun when the turbo kicks in at full tilt.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment for the MAZDASPEED3 include dual front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes, dynamic stability control, traction control, and collapsible steering column.

Gas Mileage

18 mpg city/25 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Bold, attractive exterior
  • Upscale interior
  • Sophisticated ride and handling
  • Turbocharged performance

Minuses

  • Torque steer
  • Small navigation system screen

Rating

Hatchback that handles well and looks really hot

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