Mazda's Speed Demon

The Mazdaspeed3 may be, dollar for dollar, the hottest low-priced compact on the road today

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Handling, upscale interior, low price

The Bad: Torque steer, no available all-wheel drive

The Bottom Line: Arguably the hottest low-priced compact on the market

Up Front

The Mazdaspeed3 is a hot little skateboard of a car that's rapidly becoming a cult model among young driving enthusiasts. Nearly 80% of buyers are male and their average age is only 35, youngest in the segment, according to J.D. Power's (MHP) Power Information Network (PIN). There's a reason for that: Dollar for dollar, this may be the hottest low-priced compact on the road.

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