The best small car under 20,000
By Joel D. on
Vehicle2005 Mazda 3 s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewI chose the Mazda 3s 5-door hatchback for a number of reasons.It is practical and more dramatic-looking than the sedan. It's delightful to drive and pleasing to look at both inside and out.It has a commodious cargo hold. The most exciting thing about this cabin is the list of available options including navigation system, Xenon HID headlights side curtain airbags, and a tire- pessure monitoring system. Mazda 3 brings exciting features to the class of economy cars. On the road, the 3 has enough power to please an econo- excitement. The car handled twisted road with ease. It has a firm suspension. The seats are supportive, and with telescoping/tilt wheel, it's easy find a driving position.
Best FeaturesMy favorite features are all the standard equipment too numerous to list. But the options that are available that I chose includes, side curtain airbags, 6-disc in-dash CD changer,moonroof,tire-pressure monitoring system,autodim mirror,Xenon HID,and DVD Navigation GPS.
Worst FeaturesThe only drawback is not enough power. The 160-horsepower 2.3 liter, 4 is adequate, but with fun-to-drive character and real personality, it deserves a littlew more power. Perhaps bump it to 200 as an option, of course. Also, consider replacing the 5 speed for a 6-speed manual transmission.
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