I agree with Rusty. Although I applaud Mazda for offering this hard-core compact, the Mazdaspeed3's violent torque steer and notchy shifter tend to overshadow all the things that put the standard 3 at the top of its class-precise steering, excellent ride and handling balance, great packaging. If you don't mind an arm-wrestling match every time you get behind the wheel, though, the Speed3's 263-hp, turbo four is an absolute blast.
- Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor
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