2007 Mazdaspeed 3, another nice hatchback

Talking about hatchbacks, like the Audi A3, it’s just fair to mention also the Mazdaspeed 3. This is a car in the line of factory-tuned vehicles that Mazda has been producing lately. The 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 is all about utility, comfort and space, but has also sporty accents, due to the chassis and turbocharged engine.

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The Mazdaspeed 3 has power directed solely to the frond wheels. This arouses suspicion, one could say steering would be difficult. However, Mazda implemented a torque-management system in the Mazdaspeed 3, so the drive should be quite smooth, for a car of 3153 pounds. The engine that powers the Mazdaspeed 3 is a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, with direct injection, that can produce 263 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. This is a version of the engine that also powers the Mazdaspeed 6 and the CX-7 crossover. So the car is powerful indeed. Mazda intends to make a an useful hatchbacks out of the Mazdaspeed 3, not a speed devil. So additional reinforcements to both the front and rear suspension towers, suspension springs and shock absorbers assure stability.

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In comparison with the standard five-door Mazda 3, this hatchback is stiffer with almost 60 %, torsional rigidity being vital in such a vehicle. Standard 18-inch rims and latest-hour tires offer extra friction. Transmission is six-speed manual. Front bumper and a low grille give the Mazdaspeed 3 a nice, bossy look. Interior is nothing extraordinary. But with bolstered front bucket seats, aluminum pedals and stainless-steel scuff plates, it looks good enough.

With a base price of $24,550, and fuel mileage of 23 mpg, the 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 is a good choice if you want comfort, lots of space, and still want to enjoy a sporty drive.

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