With its practical seating for 5, up to 25 mpg, and 4-cylinder 2.3 L direct-injection turbo engine, the MAZDASPEED3 is one of the best performing value buys on the market. Host Jessi Lang gives you the 4-1-1 on Mazda’s speedy, fun, and nimble hatchback in her video review below.
Under the hood, the SPEED3 boasts some pretty impressive numbers: 263 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm. The gear ratios, torque steer management, and engine calibrations have been tweaked for optimal performance. The exterior also keeps true to the SPEED3 and Zoom-Zoom heritage. A lower stance and air dam, metallic black grille, and strong fender lines create a sporty and aggressive style.
I mentioned value earlier and believe me, you will be hard pressed to find a vehicle under $25,000 that can beat the performance abilities of the MAZDASPEED3. Base price starts at $23,195 and as-tested still remained under $24,000, coming in at a price of $23,995. Factor in pretty good mileage for that type of power, 18 mpg city, and 25 mpg highway, and you’d have to be crazy not to consider the MAZDASPEED3.