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  1. Handling of 2019 Mazda3 Not Quite as Crisp as Earlier Models?

    2019+ Mazda 3 Discussion
    A number of commentators have suggested that the 2019 models have somewhat less responsive handling than previously available, perhaps to enhance a more "luxurious" ride. Whether or not this is true, the latest issue of Consumer Reports magazine (CR) seems to agree with this assessment. In the...
  2. 2016 2.0 6MT suspension and handling recommendations

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    Dear friends, I have been driving my 3 for almost 3 years now, and after an extended experience, I finally decided that some suspension upgrade might be needed. I am running 225/50r17 Michelin on 17x7 KOSEI rims, so the OD of the wheel is a tad larger than the original 205/60r16. Here are some...
  3. 2019 handling worry: slower steering response?

    2019+ Mazda 3 Suspension & Handling
    Early reviews are suggesting slower initial steering response from 2018 to 2019. Hope they haven’t gone too far with the new obsession on head toss. Car and Driver test: “Turn-in is a little sluggish for a Mazda, and the steering ratio could be quicker. Chassis engineers explained that the...
  4. Advice needed, wandering handling, new 2017 4 door?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    New poster here. I just took delivery on a 2017 Mazda3 sport sedan, manual transmission, basic model. I currently still own a 2009 Mazda 3 s Sport hatchback (haven't had a chance to put it up for sale yet), and owned a 2006 of the same hatchback before that. Prior to that I had a 2002 Protege...
  5. Improved Handling & Response | ExtremeContact Sport

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    Continental ExtremeContact Sport UTQG: 340 AA, A Warranty: 30,000 Miles Click here for online/mail order: Continental ExtremeContact Sport Availability and Pricing Also available in store by special order: Store Locator -KEY FEATURES- Macro Blocks Chamfered Edges High Strength 2-ply...
  6. Improved Handling & Response | ExtremeContact Sport

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Wheels and Tires
    The Next Generation of the ExtremeContact DW With extensive input from five (5) top International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) drivers, Continental's ExtremeContact DW successor, dubbed "ExtremeContact Sport", appears to have answered what enthusiasts have been calling for. “We took our...
  7. Handling versus a 2010 Mazda3i

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    Test drove a 2017 Mazda3 grand touring last weekend and I was a little disappointed with the handling compared to my 2010 Mazda3i touring. The 2017 had less lean and held its cornering line better, but it lacked the older car's responsiveness and readiness to change directions especially that...
  8. Mazda 3 Handling

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Discussion
    Hi - First, I want to say that I love my 2016 iTouring so far, it runs well and I like the many features it has. Mazda seems to emphasize the driving / driver's experience so I am wondering if there are any handling performance measures that really show how the 3 stacks up compared to other...
  9. Snow Handling!!! Help Please....

    2004-2009 Mazda3 Wheels and Tires
    Hi All: I just bought my 2006 Mazda 3 hatchback last March. We had an 8" of late season snow so I got to test it out... not good!!! The traction was bad and the car bottomed out. We average about 75" of snow where I live here in Colorado, so I need to get this figured out or buy a Subaru...
  10. Mazda 3 handling

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Discussion
    Hey everyone, I was going to post this is the suspension section, but that seems to have less activity so I thought I'd ask my question here. I currently own a 2008 VW GTI, not stock. Besides the power mods, it has lowering springs. The car rides on rails. Now towards the end of the year I am...
  11. handling difference between the hatch and sedan

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    I have seen some discussions on the differences between the hatch and sedan with respect to looks, utility, and space. A post at http://mazda3revolution.com/forums/2014-mazda-3-skyactiv-discussion/87362-2014-i-gt-5-door-36-000-mile-58-000km-review.html#/forumsite/20910/topics/87362 reports that...
  12. thoughts on road feel and handling performance

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    Ive had my car for about 8 months now and put almost 20,000 km on it already, I love everything about the car it is awesome. I owned a 2005 mazda 3 before and I really miss how the steering felt in that It felt like you where attached to the road, Is this because Mazda used hydrolic steering in...
  13. Handling problem??

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    Hi, So this evening on the way home, I decided to drive a little more fun :rock 1: I was on sport mode, and transmission was on manual mode and I was in fifth gear, on a ramp switching highways, right at 70 mph and turning right comfortably (but fast) an suv choose to switch into my lane about...
  14. Help with handling.

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    I just picked up a 2010 S GT HB 6 spd. I'm starting to look into modifying it now. Since it doesn't appear that I can make it any faster I'm going to concentrate on handling. I don't want to lower the car yet, so what should I be looking to do? It's my daily driver. Will sway bars and a strut...
  15. 2014 vs 2013 handling?

    2014-2018 Mazda 3 Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    Hi, what's your take on the 2014 mazda 3 s handling compared to the 2013 models? I currently have a brz and am a little worried that I will miss the way my current car handles but I really need bigger back seats and 4 doors for practical reasons and the mazda 3 is the best option for me right...
  16. 2012 Skyactiv Handling Touring vs Grand Touring

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    We have a 2011 Mazda 2.5 s manual, which we love (our favorite car ever, even over our 2007 Acura TL type S and 2007 350z). So, we decided to buy a second one. We ending up buying a 2012 Mazda 3 i Skyactiv Touring last year (manual). However, I was really disappointed in the handling. The...
  17. DSC and handling performance

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    Hello fellow 3 owners :) I am a proud owner of 2012 SKYACTIV 3 just put on the Conti DWS couple months ago! I've googled and search this site for an answer but i couldn't find anything that satisfies my curiosity so here's the question: Does DSC on/off affect handling? The reason why I ask...
  18. What kind of handling numbers: RM's, yellows, rear sway, sticky summer tires?

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    What kind of handling numbers would I be looking at with 18x7.5 wheels, 225/40R18 Pilot Super Sports, Koni Yellows, Road Magnet 1.25" springs and a rear sway bar? Thanks
  19. Product Release! CorkSport Rear End Links for Mazda 3/Mazdaspeed 3

    CorkSport Mazda Performance
    Want your Mazda to handle like a track car? Add the new CorkSport Mazda 3/Mazdaspeed 3 Rear End Links to your suspension set-up to get the most from your rear sway bar. By dialing in your turn-in speed and stability you are able to make your end links a tunable component of your ride! The...
  20. 2012 Skyactiv Possible handling issue

    2010-2013 Mazda 3 & Skyactiv Suspension & Handling
    Greetings, I just bought a 2012 Mazda 3 skyactive 4 door i-touring about a month ago. I loved how the car handeled (reason why i purchased) the first 2 weeks, but shortly after i pulled a real rookie mistake and bounced the rear passenger tire off the curb (did not go over it). The damange...
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