2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3
Overall though, the Speed3 has a tough, durable feel that not all tuner-style cars have. Especially at the under-$25k level.
Will we get an even more dialed-up one, or one in which torque steer isn't an issue? Mazda officials said that a more powerful all-wheel-drive version of the MazdaSpeed3 just isn't in the works. Sticking with front-wheel drive and an engine that can go in other vehicles helps keep costs down, and as the automaker learned with its previous RX-7, technological advancements and costly engineering can push up prices and punt a sports car out of financial reach of its intended audience—in this case, overwhelmingly, 30-something men.
With no big surprises from the track and the excellent price point, our advice holds: For those who want a lot of performance on a budget, with enough refinement for the commute, the 2010 MazdaSpeed3 is a great choice.
High Gear Media attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.