"The essence to a responsive car is strength; and the 3 gets extra plates welded across key points in the car's subframe as well as beefed up lower arms on the rear suspension, sealing in the sharpness that Mazda desires. Meanwhile, larger anti-roll bars, stiffer bushings as well as mounts for the struts have been added to give the car a generally sportier ride. Mazda have also tried to differentiate the way that the 3 drives by fitting it with a completely different rack than any of the other C1 cars. Built by Koyo, it is fitted with an electrically-driven pump for the larger two-litre model, and a run of the mill engine-powered pump for the more basic 1.6 litre. As the sports-themed brand targeted at younger audiences, the 3 is a natural at entertaining drivers. The suspension has been tuned for a slightly stiffer ride but what is delivered in return is crisp, and accurate responsiveness steering that transmits what's happening on the road below. The wide tires hug the road, and can easily put a grin on your face. At low speeds the 3's wheel is light for easy maneuverability, but add speed and weight is introduced - this is how a sporty hatch ought to be."
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