2005 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: Visibility driving/Acceleratio
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2005 Mazda 3 - Consumer Review

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SP23 Special Edition 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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By Mike on

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2005 Mazda 3 SP23 Special Edition 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)

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NOTE: Vehicle is less than one month old. My issues may stem from being the owner of a new, small car -- having switched from a 2 door coupe, larger American vehicle to this new small, economical car. Front visibility is very good, but side (from 2nd row seats back) and rear visibility is not. Large pillars in rear near hatch make for small windows. That, coupled with tall headrests, makes seeing other cars while changing lanes a hit or miss proposition. Acceleration is somewhat sluggish before vehicle warms up. Also, there seems to be some sluggishness when vehicle changes gears. Cargo space is pretty good when rear seats are folded flat. W/ seats up, cargo space is limited

Favorite Features

Steering wheel radio controls, gas mileage, sunroof

Suggested Improvements

Include an On/Off button for radio/CD player on steering wheel controls. A safety feature is only as good as it's weakest point. If I have to take my hands off the wheel to turn radio on/off, it's not such a great feature. To improve visibility, decrease pillar size to increase window size in rear.
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