By DJ on
2005 Mazda 3 i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Ordered an i model with auto transmission and loaded up with almost all the options and all the safety features (wanted the smaller 4 cylinder for maximum mileage). This has been a great car so far after one year and 17k miles. Very fun to drive and have had no problems at all. Were going to get either a Civic or Corolla, but after driving the 3 it was an easy decision. I have only one real complaint that others here have have also noted regarding intermittent and rather harsh upshifting when cold at low speeds, and sluggish downshifting at low speeds. Dealer said everything was fine (of course). I'm overall very happy with this car.
Interior and exterior styling. Handling. Reliability. Fuel economy.
This car really needs a trunk release on the key fob. Like others have noted here, I feel the A/C is very weak compared to all other cars I've owned. The accelerator and brake pedal are too close together too.