2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed3

Pros & Cons

  • Turbocharged engine delivers potent acceleration
  • Grippy handling and cornering
  • Competitive pricing for a compact sports car
  • Enough cargo capacity for daily hauling
  • Some torque steer and understeer
  • Base stereo is confusing and lacks high-quality sound

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Research & Ratings

Currently, the Mazda Mazdaspeed3 has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 36 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Overview

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 was new.

The 2007 Mazdaspeed3 is a highly rated sport compact, and reviewers say it has enough zoom and zip to satisfy any enthusiast. Built on the hatchback platform of the Mazda3, it is the sportiest of the Mazda3 lineup and boasts a stiffer ride and more powerful acceleration without sacrificing practicality and affordability. Available in Sport or Grand Touring trims, the 2007 Mazdaspeed3 is hailed as "a superstar in the sport compact world," according to the Detroit News. "The Mazdaspeed3 is one of those rare have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too packages capable of entertaining its driver, hauling family or friends, and minding a budget," reports Automobile Magazine. Auto writers from Edmunds praise the 3's combination of "awesome performance with realistic pricing and five-door practicality," and encourage prospective auto buyers to consider this "[t] op-notch sport compact contender." The Kansas City Star says that this "compact wagon has the heart of a giant killer," and calls the Mazdaspeed3 "zoom-zoom squared."

The 2007 Mazdaspeed3 garners ample recognition for its all-around appeal. Car and Driver lists it as a 2007 "10Best Car," calling it a "very good bad boy." Consumer Guide recognizes the Mazdaspeed3's competitive pricing by calling it a "worthy Best Buy," adding that the 3s "share a spirit of sporty driving fun, solid build quality and a pleasant, efficient interior package."

While acclaim for the Mazdaspeed3 isn't universal -- the Detroit Free Press, for one, considers the Volkswagen GTI and Honda Civic Si better choices in the sport-compact segment -- Edmunds calls the Mazdaspeed3 "a serious enthusiast car. It's a lot of machine for the money and it offers the same balance of speed, practicality and value we've found previously only in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution or Subaru WRX STI." Motor Trend reports that the 2007 Mazdaspeed3's specs "read more like the resume of a $45,000 BMW or Audi sport sedan" and will "undoubtedly give pause to those considering a WRX, a GTI, or even an A3." Yet the Detroit Free Press disagrees, saying that the Mazdaspeeed3 provides a "wonderful package," but "is a real disappointment compared with leading sporty compacts such as the Volkswagen GTI and Honda Civic Si." Kelley Blue Book sums it up nicely by saying, "If you're in the market for a compact pocket rocket that can also serve as a daily driver, the MAZDASPEED3 should be at the top of your list."

Auto reviewers find the 2007 Mazdaspeed3 competitively priced and quite affordable, especially for all that it delivers. Car and Driver calls the base price of the Mazdaspeed3 and the total package "unbeatable." The Detroit News says the Mazdaspeed3 is "an outstanding little car for anyone who wants something that's fun to drive, looks good and is relatively affordable -- nearly as much fun as a Subaru STI or a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, but more civilized and considerably less expensive." IntelliChoice gives the 2007 Mazdaspeed3 an "Excellent" value rating, based on total cost of ownership compared to others in its class.

The 2007 Mazdaspeed3 comes in two trim levels, Sport and Grand Touring.


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