I never dreamed that a 4 cylinder car could combine great gas mileage and power. In town handling is superb and it's so easy to maneuver through city traffic. Since I live in a small town, most of my driving is on the highways and back roads which is so much fun. Before you know it, I'm hitting 80 mph. You don't feel the speed like most other small cars. I've taken 1500 mile trips out to New Mexico and the comfort level is outstanding. It just glides along the road and I don't get the least bit tired or stiff between fuel stops. Oh, I've owned 47 autos and the Mazda3 is in the top 3 of my favorite cars. The other two were a 1956 Chevy and 1965 Mustang - cars of my youth.
1. Comfort on long trips and road handling 2. Gas mileage: 25 town and 31 highway 3. Very dependable 4. Maintenance free after 31000 miles 5. Interior and exterior styling.
Since I live in the hot Southwest I'd like to see lighter interior colors offered. Black just soaks up too much heat in the summer.