First, I realize it's dumb to buy a car and not like it; but I had a good test drive & it made sense due to being a good used deal.
Wanted a middle ground compact car; that is decent performance and economy.
Cruze, Civic, Elantra weren't gutsy enough; and something like the Si is fun but not practical enough.
I came from a 2008 Mazda 3 5spd which I now realize was amazing, but figured would change it up.
Inside is cramped, the center stack is huge and has no storage.
Rear leg room is poor/worse.
Auto transmission (not select shift) is hit or miss; can be very smooth or very stupid.
Fuel economy is not as hoped.
The 3 got me 25 in mostly city driving (rated 23/29); and this gets 28.5.
Sync is alright.
Decent engine (although bested by Hyundai 2.0 or Mazda skyactive).
Good visibility (but A pillars).
Handles well & feels secure.
Good steering wheel.
Supportive driver seat.
Comfortable on a long drive.
Get impression that it's solid.
Trunk pops open.
Starts nicely (don't have to hold key down); instant almost like a push button.
I need more characters for improvements so adding more here:
Plastics seem cheap.
Wouldn't the door sill be better suited for the soft texture that the dash has? How often do you touch the dash?
More than resting arm by window?
Turning on parking lights and interior screens every time open door is dumb.
Look inside an Elantra; it's brilliant.
More standard amenities, storage, room, etc.
Center stack & glove box intrudes on passenger; claustrophobic.
Console is dumb; have to remove the upper compartment to reach inside.
Big trunk to fill with luggage for passengers that won't fit in the car.
Rear floor hump, windows not full down.
Non selectshift trans is ridiculous; that should be the standard (I'm sure the manual is fine, but wanted an auto so other family members could drive it). "L" mode is dumbest thing ever.
Often jerky or tire slip.
Ability to do more stuff with Sync while in motion; especially if car knows you have a passenger.
Looks odd w/o fog-lights.
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