I purchased this vehicle as an alternative to driving my 4x4 pick-up back and forth to work. I drove all the competition, none of which had the quality, price, power or handling of the Mazda 3s. I am most impressed with the handling of this car. It's a safety feature as much as a plus for having fun. The fit and finish is on par with some of the best cars on the market. The solidity of the body is the best in its class, period. I have never been in a small car that didn't feel like a small car until now. Everyone who rides in the vehicle, or drives it, comments on how quiet and solid it feels. The interior is also best in class. Only complaint, no electric trunk release on keyfob.
Handling, mileage, comfort, quality.
Electric remote trunk release on keyless entry keyfob.
I had a 2000 Protege. I thought I loved that car until the first time I sat in my new 3. The handling is that of a European sports car. I have received many compliments. Fit and finish is excellent. I have never been happier with a vehicle purchase.
This is a great small sedan for the price. The mix of features, price, build quality and driving mannerisms far outpace anything else that's available in this class of automobile.
Stereo controls on the steering wheel, styling, driving dynamics.
The hinge of the glovebox leaves an awkward sized gap when open, i.e., smaller items in the glovebox may shift and fall into the crack when opened and become lodged, making closing the glovebox impossible without pulling the car over. Compatibility with iPod would be great.