• Jul 28th 2006 at 3:34PM
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Observant Autoblog reader Matt Miller informed us that Mazda has quietly released the pricing of its forthcoming MazdaSpeed3 on the car's website. The 250-hp wonder wagon will start at $22,800 for the Sport model and feature a six-speed manual transmission, stability and traction control, 18-inch wheels, four-wheel ABS, and more. The Sport model will be topped by the Grand Touring, which begins at $24,515 and adds automatic on/off headlights, rain-sensing wipers, Xenon HID headlights, LED rear combination taillights, leather bolsters on its black cloth seats, a premium BOSE sound system and available DVD navigation. We'd say Mazda's asking a fair price for a four-door hatchwagon that can reach sixty in under six seconds and return nearly 30 mpg on the highway.

[Source: Mazda]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      NIce, looks like my next car
      • 9 Years Ago
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      • 9 Years Ago
      To Michael Karesh:


      Shows a listing of the two packages (Sport and the higher GT). The only other option available (that we're aware of) is Navigation, which is confirmed at $1,750.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I am sorry, but people claiming that the WRX has good (and someone actually said "awesome") handling are insane. Just go visit a local autocross event this weekend and see for yourself. The STi is nice, but the regular WRXs are way too soft and provide sloppy steering feedback. The Mazda 3 S definitely has the edge there.

      0-60 times? the WRX is actually notably slower than magazine racing 0-60 times show. The main reason the WRX puts in such quick 0-60 times is cause you can launch it very well using the AWD. Once under way, it is quick but not anything to write home about. How many people regularly launch their cars off the line on the road by revving to 4K and dropping the clutch?

      I think the MSP3 will we a quicker track car and a more rewarding driving experience in the mountain twisties.
      • 9 Years Ago
      You guys talking about insurance rates...

      I'm an insurance agent in Illinois. I'm 25, married, have a clean driving record, and decent credit (insurance scoring uses credit). For me, a turbo Subaru Forrester is actually cheaper to insure than my Honda CR-V, despite the rift in cost and horsepower. A 350Z on the other hand, is a decent amount more expensive. I believe the STI cars of its type are about as expensive as the 350Z. But for me, what's an extra $500 - 600 per year for a car like that?

      I can almost guarantee that company actuaries will make this car restrictive for teens and those in their early 20's though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The VW GTI still kicks all butt for having the DSG tranny.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Who the hell called this a station wagon? This is a hatchback, something we need here in the States. I loved my Integra Type R... fast, raw, and a HATCHBACK. Sounds very similar to what Mazdaspeed has cooked up in this new 3. I love it!! I could do without the 18" wheels and 3000lb weight, but otherwise this looks like a sweet car. And I would bet it will outperform the WRX....and be more reliable.... I have not had good luck with my Subaru Impreza...nothing major has gone wrong, but lots of small things that are adding up dollar wise! Bring on the MS 3... can't wait to go test drive one.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think the 3 looks better in hatch form than in sedan form, so I don't think it's a bad choice to offer it only in hatch form.

      Anyway, sign me up! That's a great price on what looks like a kick-ass car.

      Oh, and whoever recommended AWD, that wouldn't be a bad option, but that would definitely boost the base price over $25K, as well as add weight. It would be a nice option to see in a couple years.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Mr. Obvious, I do not know about the other Mazdas. But my 3 has been very reliable and fun. Its practical too. Plus the WRX is terrible below 3000 rpm.
      • 9 Years Ago
      We have had two brand new Mazda's for a total of 7 years of service (626 and a Protege) and not once did we ever have a single problem with either of them. Never saw the dealership. I'd say that's pretty reliable. Plus, I agree with Sid, the WRX is just plain butt ugly. That's just my opinion. I know there are a lot of Subie fans out there. I'm just not one of them.
      • 9 Years Ago
      If you build your own mazda3speed at mazda's website, it states the car has 274 hp. It is located in the car summary after you build your own car.
      I copied and pasted it below.
      Is this accurate or is the 250hp that is posted on all the reviews correct?

      MAZDASPEED3 Sport Model

      Destination Fee

      274-hp 2.3L DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder

      Front-Wheel Drive

      6-Spd Manual $22,240
      • 9 Years Ago
      Some Mazdas are very reliable--particularly models built in Japan, such as the 3 and the mx-5. Some are not, such as the 6 and the Tribute (which are really Fords in disguise). Consumer Reports has been, and continues to be, fond of the 3.

      The Mazdaspeed 3 will probably perform slightly worse than a WRX. Then again, it is also slightly cheaper than a WRX. Autobytel lists the invoice on a base WRX as $25,000. Compare that to the $22,800 Mazdaspeed3.

      Also, 0-60 in 5.3 seconds is a bit optimistic for the WRX. You're probably thinking of the STi.
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