I constantly pay attention to better cars. Mazda 3 hatchback is still the ONE in this price range, best overall value for an upscale economy car. I have the strip version of hatchback with the exception of rearview mirror and mp3 player. I did not drive it hard (except break-in period), but rather lively most of the time. And this car definitely lived up to every occasion with zoom zoom, never missing a beat. It averaged 30 mpg in cold weather and 32 in warm weather, with about 70% of freeway driving, in its first 16k miles.
Most standard features plus those used the most such as MP3 CD player, audio controls on the wheel, and more than one built-in garage door openers.
1)The main thing bugs me on every run: after shutting off the engine, I have turn the key back on to operate the windows! Come on, even my 1991 Mitsubishi did better than that. 2) Sun visor is too short to cover the side windows.
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