Edmunds Inside Line: 2010 MazdaSpeed 3 vs. 2010 Genesis Coupe 3.8

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In case you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years, you’d know that the MazdaSpeed 3 has been one of the best bang-for-the-buck cars in a long time. Over 250 delicious turbocharged horsepower, a great suspension, and at a price that can’t be beat makes the MazdaSpeed 3 a true enthusiast’s car. When Mazda came out with the new improved 2010 ‘Speed 3, there was now a competitor on the block for the cheap and fun performance. The Genesis Coupe has taken the tuner market by storm, with it’s stout 2.0T, or the impressive 3.8L V6 at it’s disposal. However, to compete in raw power with the ‘Speed 3, we have to reach for the 3.8L V6. FWD vs RWD? Turbo 4 vs. V6? Hatchback vs. svelte coupe? Edmunds Inside Line has all the details in their shootout.

[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]

Here are two cars that couldn’t be more different in appearance and layout. Hatchback vs. coupe. Front-wheel drive vs. rear-wheel drive. Turbocharged inline-4 vs. normally aspirated V6. And certainly both go about their missions with decidedly different packaging. At 103.9 inches, the Mazda’s wheelbase is more than 7 inches shorter than the Hyundai’s — no small difference when it comes to changing direction quickly.

6 Responses to “Edmunds Inside Line: 2010 MazdaSpeed 3 vs. 2010 Genesis Coupe 3.8”

  1. Draven - October 28, 2009

    So, it’s a question of a butt-ugly FF hatchback versus a beautiful, striking RWD sports car. The minimal differences in performance aren’t enough for me to side with the Mazda. The 3Speed NEEDS to be turboed in order to keep up with this stock V6, and that alone says a lot. Slightly better performance can’t make up for atrocious looks of this wannabe. I’ll stick with my lovely Interlagos Yellow 3.8, spank you very much.

  2. Andrew - October 30, 2009

    I dunno, I like the MS3. Hatchbacks are pretty hot, and the whole sport compact scene started with “hot hatches”. The fact that a turbo four is able to keep up with a V6 is pretty impressive, and you can’t beat the practicality of a hatch for a daily driver.

  3. Joose - October 31, 2009

    Hot or not, the MazdaSpeed is still front wheel drive. I’d pick the Genesis Coupe any day over the ms3

  4. Casey McCane - November 20, 2009

    I’ve never really been a Mazda fan but the MS3 does have a good value/hp ratio. I don’t really know anyone though that would want a hatchback over a really sleek and sexy coupe like the Genesis!

  5. got-rice - November 28, 2009

    The first MS3 was the one to beat in this segment. The new one certainly is good, but why no HIDs on the new model? While the GC may not have Navi available on the Track model, it is better equipped IMO, along with RWD :)

  6. 311MS3 - December 2, 2009

    Im a current owner of a mazdaspeed3 and i love the car.. wouldn’t trade it in for anything. Now for all the ppl hating on it for a being a fwd, race one from a 20 roll or take your rwd in the snow. the genesis is a beautiful car and i’d definately consider one. the mazdaspeed is a better choice imo for a daily driver!

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