Bought as third car because of experiences with 8 Mazdas owned over the years. Our other cars are a Porsche Boxster and a Honda Pilot. Car was such a blast to drive it accumulated more miles than the Porsche. On May 2, 2006 the car was destroyed by an aggressive driving 18 wheeler who ran over 2 pickup trucks and then me. The speed differential was estimated at 40 mph when the truck hit our Mazda. Structure of the car did exactly what it was supposed to do and collapsed, absorbing the blow. After the crash the front doors still opened & closed perfectly. Even with most of the rear crushed the tow operator was able to drive the car on to the rollback.
Handling, brakes, engine, gearbox, interior design. STRONG SAFETY STRUCTURE. Taking delivery of new '06 Grand Touring hatchback on Tuesday!!
Dead pedal or at least an aluminum one to match the optional pedal set. Better carpet. For the price nothing within 10k comes close.