REVIEWS: 2013 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Touring

June 3, 2013
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Mazda made some very minute aesthetic updates to the Speed3 for 2013 -- blacked out mirror caps, wheels, and rear diffuser -- but most important is the sole interior upgrade: a new navigation system. The new head unit contains the same touchscreen-based system used in the CX-5 and the 2014 Mazda6, complete with TomTom navigation. Compared with the old, steering-wheel-controlled navigation system and its teeny-tiny screen, the new system is a welcome upgrade. However, with the addition of the new unit, there are now five different screens for the driver to pay attention to: the new infotainment one, the trip computer one, the climate display, the boost gauge, and the odometer/trip odometer. Even with the plethora of places to look for information, they’re all very well placed. The boost gauge is between the large tachometer and the speedometer, and the odometer sits below. Mounted atop the center stack, just below the windshield, are the trip computer and the climate screens; just below the upper dash vents is the new navigation unit.
Donny Nordlicht, Associate Web Editor
2013 Mazdaspeed 3 Front Left View 1
A big thumbs-up to Mazda for all the small changes made to the 2013 Mazdaspeed 3. The contrasting black wheels and mirrors make the hatchback look sportier than ever, and the TomTom touchscreen navigation is far easier to use than the old button-based system. The rest of the car is the same 263-hp package we've known for several years, and that's a good thing. The turbocharged 2.3-liter engine is very strong and pulls steadily in every gear, forcing the small digital boost gauge up toward 15 psi. The shifter is stiffer and more numb than I like, but the burly exhaust note and firm suspension prove that the Mazdaspeed 3 is a real performance car.
The Mazdaspeed 3 does exhibit some torque steer -- when you accelerate hard, the steering wheel sometimes wrenches from side to side as the tires hunt for grip -- but it's not a big problem. You quickly learn to grip the wheel extra tightly when accelerating, and overall the Speed 3 is predictable and easy to control.
Jake Holmes, Associate Web Editor
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2013 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 Touring

MSRP (with destination): $24,995
PRICE AS TESTED: $27,955
ENGINE:
2.3-liter DOHC turbocharged I-4
Horsepower: 263hp @ 5500rpm
Torque: 280lb-ft @ 3000rpm
TRANSMISSION:
6-speed manual
DRIVE:
Front-wheel
WHEELS AND TIRES:
18-inch aluminum wheels
225/40YR-18 Dunlop SP Sport 2050 tires
FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined):
18/25/21mpg
CURB WEIGHT:
3281lb
CAPACITIES:
Doors/Passengers: 4/5
Cargo (rear seats upright/folded): 17.0/42.8cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 42.0/36.2 in
Headroom (front/rear): 38.9/38.0 in
Towing: N/A
EXTERIOR/INTERIOR COLOR:
Velocity Red/Black
STANDARD FEATURES:
Limited slip differential
18-inch dark grey aluminum wheels
Rear window defogger and wiper
Variable intermittent windshield wipers
Sport body styling
Halogen headlights
Fog lights
Sport-tuned exhaust
Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity
Cruise control
60/40-split folding rear seats
10-speaker Bose audio system
Automatic dual-zone climate control
OPTIONS ON THIS VEHICLE:
Mazdaspeed Tech package- $2485
Blind spot monitoring system
Touchscreen navigation
Keyless entry and ignition
SiriusXM satellite radio w/4-month trial subscription
Alarm system
HD radio and Pandora
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Automatic bi-xenon headlights
Adaptive front lighting system
LED taillights
SMS text message delivery and reply
Interior mirror w/Homelink and rain sensor- $275
Interior ambient lighting- $200
KEY OPTIONS NOT ON THIS VEHICLE:
Crystal White pearl mica exterior paint- $200
All-weather floor mats- $100
ADDITIONAL SPECS:
Added to the standard features list for 2013 are a USB port, 18-inch dark grey aluminum wheels, and black sideview mirror caps and rear spoiler.
COMPARE TO:
Fiat 500 Abarth, Ford Focus ST, Honda Civic Si, Volkswagen GTI

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