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7 most popular tuner cars for gear heads

Mazdaspeed3
Mazdaspeed3
  • Price: $24,200

Exactly the size and shape that tuners seem to love, the Mazdaspeed3 combines hot styling with a raging pack of ponies under the hood. It's another choice that tuners like because it rolls right off the showroom floor with solid performance credentials.

"Once Mazda kicked the RX-7 to the curb, it had to come up with something to live up to its 'zoom zoom' image and get the brand back into the tuner game," Gonzalez says. "That something was the Mazdaspeed3. Equipped with its turbocharged four (cylinder), it has all the power and maneuverability to live up to the RX-7's legacy."

Making 263 horsepower, the Mazdaspeed3's 2.3-liter engine drives the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. Audiophiles will appreciate this hatchback's 10-speaker, Bose-infused surround-sound system.

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