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STYLING | 9 out of 10
“Relentlessly cheerful grinning face”
“We really missed the old under-the-radar styling”
“Revised cabin, which sports a contemporary design”
The Mazda3 went under the knife this year and emerged with very polarizing and controversial styling, but TheCarConnection.com’s editors think the new look—especially the sometimes maligned snout—better fits the 2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3.
The 2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 takes the standard Mazda3 styling to a whole new level with more aggressive visual cues. Jalopnik reports that the MazdaSpeed3 adapts the Mazda3’s “happy new design, but makes that grin louder with a deeper front splitter, a huge hood scoop,” and a “big wing.” Popular Mechanics reviewers feel that “if you can live with that relentlessly cheerful grinning face,” then you’ll find that the styling from the A-pillars on back is much more appealing. Edmunds notes the Mazda MazdaSpeed3’s controversial character, warning that “the new car adds some design flourishes that won’t appeal to anyone,” and the front “comes off looking like a football player’s mouth guard.” Autoblog similarly asserts that “if you haven’t warmed-up to the Mazda3’s new sheetmetal, the ‘Speed version won’t help matters.” While the hood scoop isn’t the most attractive on the market, at least it is fully functional and helps deliver on the MazdaSpeed3’s performance promise.
Reviewers are much more pleased with the Mazda MazdaSpeed3’s interior, which Autoblog says is “essentially Mazda3 fare, with the addition of…red stitching on the seats and steering wheel.” Edmunds is particularly impressed, finding that “refinement is improved in the revised cabin, which sports a contemporary design that melds function and style like few others at this price.” Function is first and foremost on Motor Trend’s mind, and they are pleased to find that “the interior is easy to get acquainted with.”
The 2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 makes a slightly awkward first impression, but its interior strikes the right look and the proportions are still correct.