My January 2010 issue of Car and Driver has an article on the Mazda 3/ Mazdaspeed 3 with the headline: more evidence that fun remains affordable. The Mazda Miata is also on the list. I have not seen the info posted on Car and Driver's website.
The 3 is a great car. Mazda didn't tinker too much with the formula (except for getting rid of those horrible Goodyear Eagle's...have to admit, the Yokos are muuuuch better). I'm just hoping this doesn't attract thieves to our cars.
That is great news. I have always felt the 3 was underrated by the folks who give out those types of awards, despite the fact it easily won countless side-by-side road tests against everything in its class/price range.
I'm not really happy with the Yoko's, so I can't imagine how bad the Goodyear RSA's were!