"The almost perfect car"4.5 starson by Ricknbauker
Pros: Power, Fuel mileage, handling, awesome response to aftermarket mods, and best of all - the price.
Cons: Stereo lacks bass, limited colors, somewhat small back seat, needs a built in turbo timer. :P
Summary: Since all the issues with the Cnet review have been addressed by other with accuracy, I would like to comment on my own observations about this car.
I recently took the MazdaSpeed3 (with a cold air intake, dealer installed) on a trip and was able to obtain 35mpg while carefully monitoring the MPG meter. Having a lead foot has allowed me to get 26.4mpg with mostly city driving. The Bose radio does lack bass, but in my opinion, every radio lacks bass. The handling of this car is superb. The turbo sensation of this car is not like any other I’ve felt, but I agree that lag can be an issue if you’re in the wrong gear, as it would be with any turbo car. After properly dialing in my Gtech meter I am getting consistent sub 6 second 0-60s, as well as sub 14 second ¼ miles. This thing is a bargain, and this sort of dollar to performance ratio hasn’t been available since the 4th generation Z28s hit the market back in the mid 90s. Test drive one and you’ll be sold. But hurry, they're only making 5000 of them in North America.