I had been looking at a Mazda 3 for about a year, and finally purchased mine back in May- it's beautiful and gets a lot of looks around town. Moving from a Pontiac Grand Am GT1 to this car took a bit of getting used to, but I really enjoy my new car. If they could fix the AC problem with this model, this car would be absolutely perfect!
Front seats are super roomy, triptronic transmission is really cool when you need some extra pep in a hurry, the interior has improved since 2004- mine is a really nice black and grey cloth, gas mileage is great (I get about 425 miles to the tank)
Air conditioning is WEAK! Think twice about this car if you live in the south like I do! Car needs to warm up compeltely or engine feels like stalling until it is warm, my windshield cracked from the inside within the first month, dealer fixed it and haven't had any further problems.