Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Edmonton Alberta
Re: Mazda 3 Vs. Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
[quote author=carfreak link=topic=47995.msg747716#msg747716 date=1149179710]
Hey, Im in the market for a new car. It would be used primarly for city driving. Aster all my reaserching I think I may go with a Mazda 3 (probly sport, coup is nice but something seems to be missing in the back, not that I really need the space) or a Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart. i wouldnt go with the evo because I am Canadian and it is not available here. The car would be driven through snow and whatever other crap this city throws at me. I was just wondering what people think is better. Obiously this is a 3 forum so it may fare better, but I wanna know any problems and good things you have had with your 3 or if you have driven/owned a Ralliart your likes and dislikes. Mazda wins with styling hands down, but juging on performance, comfort, drivability, suspension, and handeling. Insurance costs are also improtant to me as I am a younger male in Alberta: GRRRRRR stupid $3000.00 a year for an intrepid. One other thing, the Mazdaspeed 3, anyone got specs, pricing info, or rrelease dates? I thank you for your help in advance.
A couple of years ago I liked the RalliArt and test drove it. It is decent, but in all honesty it doesn't compare with the Mazda3. The benefits of the RalliArt are: it's a tiny bit faster(maybe .1 or .2 for 0-60), 5 year warranty (plan to use it).. but that's really about all I can think although come to think of it, the ralliart probably has more aftermarket performance parts. The mazda3 has a better resale, higher quality (although both are mada in Japan..), better interior(seats, glovebox, dash, etc), much better exterior(can't even compare the two), more comfortable, better handling etc. That .2 seconds the ralliart is faster 0-60 won't matter if there are any turns in the race.
The mazdaspeed3 will be coming out in a few months, it will be fairly hard to get, over $30K canadian, and your insurance will be far higher than mazda3 or ralliart. It will have 247 HP and 280 tq. It uses the same engine as the mazdaspeed6 and the cx-7. It will go 0-60 in just over 6 seconds, and has man performance based enhancements over the regular mazda3.(LSD, interior, tranny, suspension etc) I wish I would've wait a couple years and bought a speed3, but too late I guess. I don't even want to think about what my insurance would cost though because I live in Alberta too. And if you have a penis, and were born in the 80s they rape you worse than that scene in American History X.