By doc on
2005 Mazda 3 i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
This is a well designed car which strikes a fine balance betwen the competing demands of an economy car. The performance is well above that expected and is equivalent to a 2 litre Alfa Romeo with better economy and reliablity. It looks like a little BMW at a fraction of the price and runing cost. Economy is excellent 45mpg on highway at 60 - 75 mph. Only the sound proofing could be better. Handling, brakes and active safety are excellent. I would however like a six-speed to lower the revs at cruising speeds.
Design, performance, handling
Six speed manual, better sound proofing,thicker paint with better stone chip protection.