Mazda 3: $21,000 worth of fun
By StukaFox on
2005 Mazda 3 s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
Dropped $21,000 cash, not a BIT of regret: car is surprisingly peppy; suspension like a racecar; snaps to attention when right pedal is pressed. Expecting laggy and plastic, got a car out of a videogame. No bad habits on the road; does what it's told without complaint. Visibility like a F-16's cockpit. Interior is luxury-car roomy. Cargo space that would make some SUV's blush. Piled on leather, airbag package, and ABS, still only came to $21,000 out the door. Was never going to buy import, Mazda 3 totally changed my mind. Detroit, wake up: Japan is about to eat your lunch again!
The solid, sporty handling. Would never expect this level of performance at this price!
First gear is too short; second too long. Seatbacks block view on driver's blindspot. Wheel is uncomfortable at first; needs to be held like a performance car's wheel.