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2011 Mazda MAZDASPEED3 - Expert Reviews

 

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We have scoured the web for expert reviews of this car and found the best ones for you to read. Found 16 reviews. This list is displayed in ranked order based the reviews we think are the best.
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#1
2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...The front bucket seats have more side bolstering than those in the regular Mazda3. The steering wheel and shifter boot have red stitching, and aluminum pedals are standard. Under the Hood A turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine powers the Mazdaspeed3 with an estimated 247 horsepower and an estimated 280 pounds-feet of torque. The direct-injection engine teams with a six-speed manual transmission and can accelerate the car from zero to 62 mph in 6.1 seconds and allow it to reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph, according to Mazda. Mazda says the Mazdaspeed3 employs...

#2
2011 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...The Inside Cabin quality in the Mazda3 is competitive overall, though cars like the Cruze and Elantra have leapfrogged the class. The Mazda's dashboard panels have upscale textures and padded surfaces; unfortunately, the doors and anything below eye level look considerably cheaper. Still, the windshield and dash slope far forward, giving you a sense of roominess that's similar to the Civic. Over time, I felt like I was sitting above everything: The cockpit doesn't wrap around you so much as it's arrayed before you. The Mazda3's basic cloth seats offer decent lateral support but insufficient...

#3
Review: 2007 MAZDASPEED3
Source: MSN Autos

...Acceleration is strong from a standstill, and the stability control system does allow a bit of wheelspin. During passing maneuvers the car really shines: drop it into 3rd gear at 55mph and it takes off like a shot, with very little turbo lag.With the MAZDASPEED3 it's not only about the speed but also the handling. Hard cornering induces little body roll, and the limited-slip differential keeps power to the pavement. The car feels quite nimble and lightweight. Given its power-to-weight ratio of 11 pounds per horsepower, this comes as no big surprise.On the track we had similar results. Braking...

#4
2008 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...The front bucket seats have more side bolstering than those in the regular Mazda3. The steering wheel and shifter boot have red stitching, and aluminum pedals are standard. Under the Hood The Mazdaspeed3's turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine makes 263 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque. The direct-injection engine teams with a six-speed manual transmission and can accelerate the car from zero to 62 mph in 6.1 seconds and allow it to reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph, according to Mazda. Mazda says the Mazdaspeed3 employs front-wheel drive as opposed to...

#5
2011 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...but it has red accent stitching on the shift boot, steering wheel and seat fabric. Standard red treatment on door panels and seat inserts LED turbo-boost gauge between the speedometer and tachometer Under the Hood Front-wheel drive remains the sole driveline. The springs and the shock absorbers are firmer than they were in the previous generation, and the steering rack is now secured in three rather than two places, which should improve feedback. Rather than switch to electric power steering, Mazda went with an electric steering pump but conventional hydraulic assist, improving on the...

#6
Flash Drive: 2008 Mazda Mazdaspeed3
Source: MSN Autos

...The boosted-mill provides addictive acceleration in a relatively narrow band from 3500 to about 5000 rpm, forcing frequent gear changes to keep this engine in the heart of the power. Fortunately the shifter and transmission feel great and are fun to use. A car for enthusiasts, the interior even echoes themes from KITT of Knight Rider fame, with red strobe lights on the stereo. – Paul HaggerIt may look like a pedestrian Mazda3 with some additional baubles like big wheels and a rear spoiler, but it’s anything but standard. Start up this hot hatchback and the low exhaust note makes it sounds...

#7
2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...This is a no-frills machine, and the regular Mazda3 already sports an attractive interior for a compact car. Mazda did well not to change too much here. The gauges are the same glowing orange and hold up well in bright sunlight. Radio and environmental controls are easy to reach and intuitive in every respect. Safety Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, as well as side curtain airbags for front and rear passengers, are standard, as is a tire pressure monitoring system. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Mazda3 its highest frontal crash rating of Good. Its side-impact tests...

#8
2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...I wasn't really crazy about the red-light audio display -- it looks slightly cheap and not nearly as soothing as the blue backlighting on Volkswagen gauges. And the front bucket seats have that side bolstering, which can be uncomfortable if you're on the more ample side. In addition to performance, Mazda treated the Mazdaspeed3 GT like some kind of a mini nightclub. It's got a Bose audio system with seven speakers, steering-wheel audio controls, a standard iPod jack and is Sirius satellite radio-compatible. SHE: This car is based on the Mazda3 and the suspension has been stiffened, the stance...

#9
2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...The ride is firm without being overly harsh. The payoff for this tighter ride is sports-car handling. Body lean is almost nil. The anti-lock brakes are strong and powerful. Stability and traction control are standard as well. The test car was a Grand Touring model that was very nicely equipped. It has a Bose audio system, a tilt and telescoping wheel, power windows and locks, automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control and steering wheel controls for the audio system. The front seats were deeply sculpted buckets that provided excellent support for long distances behind the...

#10
2007 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 Professional Cars.com Review
Source: Cars.com

...It flows gracefully down and into the small pit from which the short, leather-wrapped, silver-tipped shifter protrudes. That shifter is used to click through the car's six gears with snappy precision. It's particularly fun to move up and down between second and fourth gears. The 2.3-liter, turbocharged, in-line four-cylinder engine generates 263 horsepower and -- remarkably for a high-rev tuner-type car -- 280 lb.-ft of the torque that tugs the load. That also means quick starts off the line, and the ability to pass gracefully and safely in sixth gear on a busy highway. Understeer -- the...


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