SE Sedan 5-speed M. with ABS and Speed Control. My wife and I seriously considered the Civic and Mazda3...but then opted for the Focus at $4000 less. We tested vehicles at all levels (S/SE/SES), 2 & 4 doors and both transmissions. We selected the 5-speed SE due to the options plus the 5-speed really performs the best (it gets this light vehicle up to speed, very quickly and smoothly). It is what it is - a simple, $16,000 compact that is loaded with features, quiet, comfortable, that handles and performs well and is very fuel efficient. 32 MPG in city and 48 MPH on the highway (with cruise on) per our on-board computer. The vehicle has tight panel seams and great build quality. And fun!
Excellent fuel economy. Very quiet interior cabin. Great handling. Fun to drive. Quality 5-speed manual transmission (German Built) On-board computer providing MPG data. Comfortable seating. Fold down rear seats. Powerful 2.0 16 valve engine (Mazda engineered). Excellent interior lighting
Engine refinement to reduce harshness. Improved antenna reception. More soft materials replacing hard interior plastic panels on doors and dash. More 'grown-up' instrument cluster design. Trunk hatch release in cabin. More thorough paint process (missing base coat in door and lid jambs)
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