It's a shame Mazda didn't decide to offer all-wheel-drive on the Mazdaspeed3. Not only would this allow the hot hatch to put down all of its power all of the time, it would also potentially pull in buyers from snowbelt states who worry about big power and front-wheel-drive in the snow. The Volkswagen GTI doesn't have the torque steer that seems to define the Mazdaspeed3, but it also doesn't have nearly as much power when you jump on the gas at highway speeds. As it stands, I might be inclined to take a Mazdaspeed3 over a GTI just to have something a little different. I see a lot of GTIs running around and hardly ever a Mazdaspeed3.
- Phil Floraday, Senior Web Editor
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