Like most Mazdas, the Mazdaspeed3—introduced in 2010—brings an exhilarating driving experience to the hatchback segment. With a 263-horsepower turbocharged engine, the Mazdaspeed3 lives up to its name with a 0 to 60 dash that takes only 6.3 seconds. The sport-tuned suspension facilitates excellent handling characteristics.
Moderately priced and loaded with options, the Mazdaspeed3's only real drawback might be somewhat controversial styling. But even drivers who don't like it might be swayed by the pocket rocket's pleasing blend of performance and practicality.