September 13, 2007
Mazdaspeed3 rated top sports car by Consumer Reports
2007 MazdaSpeed3. Click image to enlarge
Yonkers, New York – In its latest round of tests, Consumer Reports has named the Mazdaspeed3 its top-rated sports car, while the redesigned Hyundai Elantra took top honours among competitors tested, and is now ranked sixth overall among 14 small cars recently tested.
The Elantra outscored the Mitsubishi Lancer, Nissan Sentra and Scion xB (a brand not sold in Canada), while the Mazdaspeed3 was tested against the redesigned Mini Cooper S and Saturn Sky Redline.
“The redesigned Elantra is well-rounded, roomier, more fuel-efficient, and has a more pleasant interior than many more expensive cars,” says David Champion, Senior Director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center. The Honda Civic remains the magazine’s top-rated small car, followed in order by the Ford Focus and Mazda3.
The Elantra received a “Very Good” overall test score, as did the Lancer, though at the lower end of the range. The Sentra rated “Good” overall, as did the Scion, the only wagon tested. Among sports and sporty cars, the Mazdaspeed3 earned an “Excellent” overall rating, while the Mini was rated “Very Good” and the Sky “Good”.
The Scion xB and Mazdaspeed3 are recommended by Consumer Reports. The magazine does not have reliability data on the other vehicles, and the Sky is built on the same platform as the Solstice, which received below-average reliability scores. Consumer Reports only recommends vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on a survey of Consumer Reports subscribers, and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.