Sep 01, 2008
Reviewed By Keith Martin
Price as Tested $25,120

Very cool boy-racer look from edgy exterior to leather and alcantara seats. Grownups can fit in rear seats. Crisp gearbox, turbo leads to stop-light drag racing.


18 mpg in the city makes this the Hummer of little cars, surely Mazda can do better.


Mazda gets so many things right it makes you wonder why its owner, Ford, seems to get so many things wrong. This is a pocket-rocket with manners for the 21st century, without the “beat-you-to-death-and-then-you’ll-powerslide-off-the-road” irrationality of the WRX and the Evo. Kids could probably even convince their parents this is a “practical” car – I know mine has already tried.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
5.0 rating
Overall Experience
5.0 rating
EPA Mileage 18/26mpg

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