170 HP
168 LB-FT
Curb Weight
3024 LB
Front Wheel Drive
Engine Size
2.5 L
Transmission Type
MPG (City/Highway)
20/27 MPG

This car is intended to be a practical daily driver, that can deliver the smiles on backroads, and hold its own at an autocross event or track-day. The base car is a good fit for this, but to get it up to track day standards, I made some modifications. The "end" result is a thoroughly enjoyable car that I am proud to call my own. The question that has to be answered about this car is:  Why didn't I get a Mazdaspeed 3 instead? The answer is both simple and complicated.  The simple answers: -Price -Insurance (Bought at age 20) -MPG  -Reliability  The complicated answer: The 2.5L Mazda 3 is a fun to drive car to begin with. It is essentially identical to a Mazdaspeed 3 in every aspect aside from the engine and styling, and for a car I will use to drive everyday, I don't need big power. The philosophy behind this car is to have something that can be able to get me to work and back every day, and perform well at track days and autocross. Everyone knows the rule: Speed, Reliability, cost, pick 2. I had to pick the latter 2 given my constraints, and the Mazda 3 fit this compromise perfectly. Plus, way less torque-steer, which is nice.

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