After doing some research on the Mazda3 and owning a '92 Miata, I found this vehicle with automatic, CD, and air for only $11,985 (lost leader advertisement). Took a test drive and was amazed at the handling and the pick up. Bought the car and have not looked back. The car operates like a fine watch and easily gets through the worst traffic with ease. The seats are comfortable for a tall person. The handling at high speed is excellence, with precision. In fact, this car operates extremely well at speeds well above 70 MPH, so beware. This is truely a fun car to drive. Be aware that this is more like a sports car, so do not expect the soft and quiet handling of a vanilla econo sedan.
The overall look of the vehicle, attention to detail throughout, new wheel cover design, spacious design, floor mat stop on drivers side, use of different textures in the interior design, precision handling, 4 wheel discs, engine performance, sound of nice fitting doors and trunk, locking gas cover
The mileage estimates are 28 city and 34 highway with the automatic. I have only 1000 miles on the vehicle but have yet to see more than 31.5 MPG. Would like a bigger rear view mirror.