As nimble and sleek as ever, the sporty 2011 MazdaSpeed3 (the flagship of the 2011 Mazda3 lineup), starting at $29,695 CAD MSRP for the 5-door hatchback 6-speed manual, retains the reigns as Canada’s top-selling passenger car, knocking off the Honda Civic last year.
The 2011 MazdaSpeed3 is nearly identical to last years model: still putting down 263 horses from a MZR 2.3-litre direct injection turbocharged engine; rolling on 18-inch alloy wheels; boasting a comfy yet super-sporty cockpit with race-inspired aluminum alloy foot pedals and foot rest; just to name a few, plus a long list of standard features that set the MazdaSpeed3 apart.
However, the 2011 MazdaSpeed3 does see one major change by way of an all-new Technology Package. A no-brainer option at only $2440, this new tech package includes an Adaptive front light system (AFS); Bose audio with 10-speakers (yes, 10) and 6-disc CD changer; Centerpoint and Audio Pilot; SIRIUS satellite radio; Intelligent key system; Push button ignition; colour MID with Navigation; and power driver’s seat. Also new to the 2011 model is a blue temp gauge in the meterset, and gone is the memory seat function.