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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
“The new car…carries a sticker just $455 higher than its predecessor”
“Optional Tech package…includes premium audio and a navigation system”
“Bose Centerpoint surround sound system”
The 2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 is a true bargain, with a base MSRP under $24,000 and performance worth significantly more. The MazdaSpeed3 offers more than performance, however, as it comes packed with convenience features that make it significantly more enjoyable than its predecessor.
While the 2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 exceeds the outgoing MazdaSpeed3 in nearly every category, the price is still largely the same. Popular Mechanics points out that, “priced at $23,945,” the 2010 MazdaSpeed3 “carries a sticker just $455 higher than its predecessor.” Features are still offered in abundance, however, with TheCarConnection.com’s editors finding niceties like dual-zone automatic climate control and a Bluetooth hands-free interface as standard fare. The MazdaSpeed3 also boasts standard cruise control and leather upholstery and trim.
There’s not much room for customization with the 2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3—in fact, there’s just one option package available, and no stand-alones. Autoblog says as much by stating that “Mazda is only offering one upgrade—the Tech Package—which includes the undersized Multi Information Display (MID), [and] a Bose Centerpoint surround sound system.” Popular Mechanics adds that “Sirius satellite radio and a navigation system that uses a compact display” are included in the Tech Package, though the screen is “curiously difficult to read.” Edmunds also comments on the screen, finding it “remarkably crisp,” given that it’s “the size of a postage stamp.” At least all those extras are relatively cheap, with Autoblog reporting that “the Tech pack tacks on an additional $1,895 to the” MazdaSpeed3’s base price.
The 2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 comes well equipped, and you’ll be happy, provided you aren’t looking for leading-edge tech features.