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and guess who's number 1, :koolaid:

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...uickest_cars_of_2009_20_000_to_25_000_feature

1. Mazdaspeed 3
Base Price: $23,410
0-to-60-mph time: 5.4 sec
Quarter-mile time: 14.0 sec @ 101 mph

Highs: Major turbo muscle, powerful brakes, buckets give great hugs, good ergonomics.
Lows: Boomy exhaust, over-amped red on the dial markings, calling-all-cops styling.


The Verdict: A crazy-fast box of fun, the definitive power toy.

2. Chevrolet Cobalt SS Sedan
Base Price: $24,095
0-to-60-mph time: 5.5 sec
Quarter-mile time: 14.2 sec @ 102 mph

Highs: Everything associated with moving—engine, brakes, chassis—is superb.
Lows: Everything else is still a Cobalt, which means styling blahs and plastics that are as paltry as they come.


The Verdict: A rocket disguised as a rental.

3. Toyota Camry V-6
Base Price: $24,935
0-to-60-mph time: 5.8 sec
Quarter-mile time: 14.3 sec @ 99 mph

Highs: Dependable, well-designed switchgear, strong resale value.
Lows: Intrusive stability and traction control, dull styling.


The Verdict: Fast but not exactly fun.
 

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[quote author=MyZoom7 link=topic=135969.msg2928691#msg2928691 date=1234339113]
Car and Driver is so fucking stupid. "Over-Amped" red dialing and calling all cops styling, are they kidding me.
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lol
 

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[quote author=MyZoom7 link=topic=135969.msg2928691#msg2928691 date=1234339113]
Car and Driver is so fucking stupid. "Over-Amped" red dialing and calling all cops styling, are they kidding me.
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X2
 

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Compared to the Honda Civic....I'd say our dashboard is almost tame....I pull next to people in those Honda's and you almost get blinded by the visual assault through the window.
 

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What if they did top 10 quickest cars under $25,000, would we still win? What's faster?

I haven't noticed cops giving my car a second glance.
 

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yeah i really disagree with the calling all cops....i could of sworn when the speed3 first came out and it landed the cover of their magazine they mentioned how it DOESN'T attract the attention of law enforcement...time to search for that article...
 

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[quote author=MyZoom7 link=topic=135969.msg2928691#msg2928691 date=1234339113]
Car and Driver is so fucking stupid. "Over-Amped" red dialing and calling all cops styling, are they kidding me.
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well they had to put something there
 

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[quote author=MyZoom7 link=topic=135969.msg2928691#msg2928691 date=1234339113]
Car and Driver is so fucking stupid. "Over-Amped" red dialing and calling all cops styling, are they kidding me.
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well they had to put something there
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No kidding. If anything, people think I drive a normal 3.
 

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Interesting that the Cobalt is #2. I always thought the new Cobalt SS/TC was faster then our speed3's, not a lot faster but slightly faster. Regardless it's nice to see the Speed3 on top again.
 

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[quote author=Design link=topic=135969.msg2930092#msg2930092 date=1234390827]
[quote author=Strizzo link=topic=135969.msg2930030#msg2930030 date=1234389447]
[quote author=MyZoom7 link=topic=135969.msg2928691#msg2928691 date=1234339113]
Car and Driver is so fucking stupid. "Over-Amped" red dialing and calling all cops styling, are they kidding me.
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well they had to put something there
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No kidding. If anything, people think I drive a normal 3.
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lol same here. The other night me and some guy in a volks gti pushing 22lbs asked me if this was a stock mazda3 or a mazdaspeed3. I beat his car so why would he even ask? Hell I woulda felt embarrassed if a stock mazda3 beat his boosted gti. The thing was pretty quick.
 

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[quote author=Matrix311 link=topic=135969.msg2930108#msg2930108 date=1234391094]
Interesting that the Cobalt is #2. I always thought the new Cobalt SS/TC was faster then our speed3's, not a lot faster but slightly faster. Regardless it's nice to see the Speed3 on top again.
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Well they're saying quickest, but I think they're really judging them for overall package.
 

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[quote author=MyZoom7 link=topic=135969.msg2928691#msg2928691 date=1234339113]
Car and Driver is so fucking stupid. "Over-Amped" red dialing and calling all cops styling, are they kidding me.
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They had to find SOMETHING wrong with our car...

They couldn't just write "none" under 'Cons' :goodjob:
 

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The Boy racer style of first-generation 3 series turned me off quite a bit, especially since some of the first I noticed were a shocking yellow. I have never been that fond of the big spoiler / sunscreen in the back.

Some of the later detail mods to the grille and fenders also helped integrate the car lines better.

What sold me was the way the car drove, and the looks grew on me. I still think the styling of my Ford Focus was much better, but the quality of the interior materials was too close to early 80s Dodge Dart levels.

However, in some ways I like the way the Protege wagon looked just fine, not boring, but not trying too hard either.
 

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Highs: Major turbo muscle, powerful brakes, buckets give great hugs, good ergonomics.
Lows: Boomy exhaust, over-amped red on the dial markings, calling-all-cops styling.

It's pretty sad when you got to use stuff that attracts people to make the car seem bad just so the other cars don't start crying...... :cry:
 

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[quote author=nullvector link=topic=135969.msg2929181#msg2929181 date=1234370549]
Compared to the Honda Civic....I'd say our dashboard is almost tame....I pull next to people in those Honda's and you almost get blinded by the visual assault through the window.
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[quote author=dan1101 link=topic=135969.msg2929456#msg2929456 date=1234376741]
What if they did top 10 quickest cars under $25,000, would we still win? What's faster?

I haven't noticed cops giving my car a second glance.

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Yes, because this was a under $25,000 comparo.
 
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