May 01, 2007
Reviewed By Stefan Lombard
Price as Tested $24,550

250 turbocharged horsepower and good sound from the 2.3-L4. Surprisingly quick, wickedly so above 4,000 rpm. Solid, heavy steering with only mild front-end push at the outer limits. Super brakes. Attractive, aggressive styling, snazzy interior with quality materials. Bose stereo. Priced right.


Seats have minimal adjustments, which left me feeling too high up in cabin. Snappy torque steer under heavy acceleration in 1st through 4th gears. Grippy tires make lots of noise.


Mazda gets it right again. This is the ideal car for the guy at odds with his current place in life. He’s just had a baby, but boy does he miss his tricked-out Civic. Voila! Go fast, have fun without having to drive a tricked-out wannabe Fast and Furious piece.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating

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