Best Adventure Vehicles: Mazda Speed3

Light Speeder

Jan 8, 2010
Outside Magazine
Mazda Speed3

Mazda Speed3   

THE BUZZ: Trapped inside this budget-friendly hatchback is a 155-mph racer screaming to get out. Mazda tuned the suspension, steering, and transmission to handle the turbo­charged, 263-hp engine's thrust, producing a nimble sport compact that can also haul skis and bikes.

THE TEST: Blasting over 11,500-foot Colorado mountain passes was a snap, while the fuel-sipping four-cylinder engine returned a shocking 30 mpg, despite being driven hard and fast over 150 miles with 12,000 feet of climbing.

THE VERDICT: If you're heavy on cargo but light on budget and secretly lust for a Porsche this is your rig. From $23,200; mpg, 18 city/25 hwy;

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