"Driving Matters. Long May It Last."
- James A Bevacqua
My review is Car and Driver's review: "The Mazda 3 tops our compact-car rankings, largely on the strength of its athleticism. Mazda builds fun-to-drive cars with turbocharged engines, severe torque steering, heavier steering wheels, and stiffer suspensions. Five Japanese engineers were awarded the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Medal for the Mazda 3’s SkyActive-G engine, and the zero-to-60 time is 7.5 seconds, but acceleration isn’t this car’s primary appeal. The Mazda 3 comes into its own on a two-lane back road with a variety of turns and a paucity of traffic. Chassis rigidity is on par with a bridge girder, body motions are modest, and the car responds to inputs with immediacy. At 2.6 turns lock-to-lock, the electric power steering is quick, informative, and dead-bang accurate. Attention steering engineers worldwide -- check out this system, learn, adopt.
Dynamics are this car’s strong suit, and the prime reason we see the Mazda 3 as tops in its class. Many carmakers are fond of employing the term “DNA” in describing their vehicle lineups, but few have as much product justification for doing so as Mazda, and fewer still exhibit as much restraint. We hear a lot about zoom-zoom, of course, but that, too, seems justified. From top to bottom, Mazda’s offerings are uniquely uniform in terms of one key DNA trait: an engaging driving experience. As the age of the autonomous automobile draws ever nearer, Mazda continues to be guided by the premise that operating a motor vehicle should be both involving and gratifying. The new corporate mantra sums it up: DRIVING MATTERS. LONG MAY IT LAST."
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