I love driving a Corvette on the weekend, but the Mazda 3 makes my 80 mile workday commute more than enjoyable. Over the years, I've also owned an RX-7 and a Protege, and this Mazda is another winner. My 5 speed wagon has leather, sunroof and 6 CD player, and no problems to report at 80K. Excellent car and looking to replace it with either the MX-5 or a Mazdaspeed 3.
Handling, fit and finish, very good acceleration for a car that returns 27 mpg with a lead foot, and did I mention the handling?
Tight back seat, also on long trips I noticed there isn't much room to stretch the right leg. Nothing that would keep me from buying another.