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2006 Mazda MAZDA3 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M) s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
A great small car. Fun to drive, always reliable.
2006 Mazda MAZDA3 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M) s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
I bought my 2006 Mazda3 Grand Touring Hatchback new when it first came out in '05 and drove it for about 78,000 miles before a guy lost control of his car on a highway, hit the driver side of my car causing the airbags to deploy and spinning us into a ditch. Because of the high safety standards, we were all able to walk away from the accident with minor injuries, when looking at my car, we should have been on stretchers. My car saved our lives. I loved this car and will be buying a new one just as soon as I can find one. They are so great that no one wants to part with theirs. I recommend this car to everyone. Fun to drive, safe, and reliable.
Safety, good sounds system, great gas mileage, nice interior styling, amazing handling.
2006 Mazda MAZDA3 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M) s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
Great little car now with 138K on it. Nice features including the Bose sound, LED lights, adjustable headlights, great styling, etc.
Dashboard Navigation, heated seats, 6-disc in-dash changer, sunroof, looks. The 2011 Mazda3 looks ridiculous, like it's smiling or something. 2006-07 had the best look.
The cambered wheels are a real problem. Mazda dealership told me there's no way to correct the excessive wear/ coupling on the tires (going on 5th set of tires). They say it's part of Mazda's "Zoom-Zoom" factor. I do not abuse the tires (have other cars for that). Also the rain-sensing wipers are a real pain. There needs to be a manual adjustment as well because they do not wipe when needed (fog, mist, etc.).
I've had a bushel of mazda's over the years and this is the best hatchback yet. So much fun to drive. Never been to the shop for more than tires. Plenty of power, better than 30 mpg average, a ton of room, wicked reliable.
Handling, power to weight ratio, gas mileage.
Larger rear view mirror. Narrower center console, right leg hits it and I'm only 5'9". Stiffer shocks. Premium stereo is awful, door panels resonate, lousy sound with Bose system.
I traded in a '07 Civic for this car. The civic was ok but it didn't have the pep, boring to drive and everyone has it. My insurance dropped a lot when I bought the Mazda. Bought it used with 80k. Had for a year now and its still fun to drive, tons of storage space, better gas mileage then my old civic and plenty of power for such a small car. Was looking at the speed3, but not all mazda dealerships can fix it and I live in Sacramento. Closest repair is in San Jose so I got this one. Save your money and buy this one and just add the speed hood.
Power, fold down flat rear seats, LOTS of space, gas mileage and sun roof.
I love Bose, but it's really bad in this car! Doesn't do the name justice. Nav screen is too small, hard to read during some sun glare and/or wearing polarized glasses.
I really love this little car. It fits my mastiff, and adults with ease. It looks very small on the outside, but has a HUGE interior! Insurance is dirt cheap too (almost half of what my Civic cost!)
Interior size was more like an SUV than a car. The back seats fold down flat so that you can fit almost anything in the car. The cloth seats are very easy to keep clean.
Fuel economy is terrible considering the size. Usually you trade off size and crash protection for fantastic gas mileage, but not in this car.
Very impressed with this car, my friend had the mazdaspeed3 and I drove it one time and thats what got me into it, I couldn't afford the speed3 but got a 06 hatchback gt, I must say the interior has nothin to envy thus of a Lexus. Performance is great ride is great, only thing I'm waiting is for repairs hoping since is a Japanese car it might be expensive.
interior looks and options
I needed a small hatchback, and of the ones I compared, liked this one the best (and the price was right). But after driving it a bit, we both were troubled by the blind spots; The window dividers make it difficult to see whats next to you or coming up. We've not had that problem with other cars. We are getting used to it, but its something for others to consider when purchasing this car.
Controls on steering wheel, handles very well on street, highway, and mountain roads.
At 24K, my Mazda3 needed a new bearing. The car is high strung like a German sports sedan, but lacks the quality engineering. Mazda is trying to build the poor man's BMW. They got the poor man part right. My 2006 Mazda replaced an '87 Honda Accord with 160K. Over 19 years, I had to replace the CV joints in the Honda and didn't have any other major problems. After 24K, the Mazda slipped a bearing. Here is another fun facts: In order to fit the "ZoomZoom" image, a supposed economy car requires V rated tires. My car ate up a set of Avon radials in 22K. Just be prepared to spend $600 plus on your tires.
Bought this car with 8,000 miles from private owner, although I test drove a new one and my son owned a 2004 that I liked very much. From the first day I loved everything about this little car. There's plenty of room with the seats down and that's how I normally drive to accommodate my three dogs. Fun to drive, with no effort. It's almost like virtual driving compared to other cars I tested. The body style is attractive and Mazda apparently offers a nearly endless list of options as this car has it all. My next vehicle will be one just like this. I do suggest purchasing a set of winter tires that adds confidence to winter driving and makes the zoom zoom last all year.
Exterior appearance, interior appearance, feel behind the wheel, steering, acceleration, storage capacity with seats down.
Dash readout is a little difficult to see in daylight. Better traction control in slippery driving conditions.
My 06 Mazda3 GT 5 door has almost 40k miles on it and it's been a great car so far! I read the consumer reviews before purchasing and researched it well. I really enjoy driving this car, it's very responsive and fun to drive. With all the features, I feel it's an excellent value. When folding down the backseat, you get a good amount of cargo room. With the backseat up, you can comfortably seat 4-5 in the car. Overall, the car has a sporty look/handling, but is also a safe family car.
Xenon headlights. Seat warmers. Handling. Performance/torque. Gas mileage. Tire pressure sensor. Auto wipers. Side impact airbags.
Carpet is thin with cheap quality. iPod plug-in missing with the Bose system. 18" inch rims preferred (like Mazdaspeed3's).
I own the Mazda 3 Sport GT. I was a die hard Honda fan. One look and a test drive changed all that! I absolutely love this car! Thanks Mazda. It's got the feel of a formula vehicle.You can actually feel it in the drive. Handles great in our harsh Canadian winters. I know because I have an hour drive to work every morning then an hour home every night. I even tried talking my wife into getting one. Thanks again Mazda.
Heated mirrors and the trunk adaptation features. Adjustable lumbar support.
Portals for mp3 players and I don't mean a transmitter. Slight adjustment of the center console. Too sharp of an edge at the driver's side knee space. Standard colored brakes will make for a sharper more aggressive looking sport model.
Great all around car. Handles like a dream (Volvo S40 underpinnings). Brakes like a roller coaster. Quick revving engine. Auto transmission is eager to downshift, sometimes too eager. Only gripes, no MP3 input and mileage from EPA overstated. If you are considering a Civic, Corolla or a Rabbit, get your head examined. They are a joke. If you are looking at a Civic Si, look at the MazdaSpeed 3. No comparing the two.
Looks. Handling, braking, engine and build quality. Comfort (excellent but not overdone bolstering on the front seats).
Better mileage. MP3/aux jack.
Very pleased with the car, performance & handling, interior, stereo is amazing. Haven't yet driven in snow, but I have a feeling that it will be reliable. Everyday that keeps looking better & better.
Handling, pick-up, stereo sound and the 5 speed is so good.
Should have wider and lower tire at least (215/45).
The Mazda3 is the best built compact available. The interior quality is amazing for this price range. I can get 34MPG on the highway and the motor is not broken-in yet! The exhaust sounds and looks great. I have no styling complaints with this car. Minor issues include that the economy display does not alway coincide with the calculated MPG and the glove box door rattles.
(1) Gauge pod and radio illumination. (2) Xenon head lights. (3) Auto on head lights and wipers.
(1) If the 2.0L in the Miata is rated for 170HP, tune the 2.3L for more than 160HP! (2) Would like a factory option for a clear-front-bumper stone guard product.
I've had my Mazda 3 hatchback for about 10 months. This car is fun to drive. There is a bit more road noise than some of the other cars, but the stereo system with Sirius radio takes care of any background noise. The navigation system works well. I am getting an average of 25.5 miles per gallon (city/highway driving). The controls are easy to get to. Seats are firm and supportive. With the rear seat folded down, my golf clubs and pull cart fit nicely.
2.3 engine, handling, stereo system, navigation system, 5 speed automatic transmission and styling.
I have only has the car a short time, but I am overall impressed. Good features for a compact car. I traded in a 2004 Acura TL because of financial reasons, and don't feel like I have given up a lot. I got the NAVI and Bose. I would like to be able to play MP3 CDs, but got the cassette deck to use an adapter for my iPod. Works fine. Much better utility than the TL. My complaints are lack of dead pedal, mats are lousy, and the brake and accelerator are a bit too close. I find the left side of my right foot hitting the brake when I put my foot on the gas or take it off. My TL had great cupholders (seems silly, but used every day, right?), but these are good too.
Handling, smooth shifter, lots of features for the buck, good cargo capacity, large glove box, CDs fit perfectly in center console, good pickup for a small car, decent sound system, lit steering wheel controls.
Lighted vanity mirrors, seat memory, heated mirrors, traction control, Bluetooth phone.
I have had my car now for 3 weeks and I am loving it! The look, feel, price, options and handling of the car leave little to be desired. Although the fuel economy on the 2.3 is not amazing, I am averaging 22.5 with some pretty lead footed driving (not too shabby). The utility of the hatchback is awesome, I cant believe how much you can cram in the back when the seats are down. The cockpit is one of the nicest around, and I love how the controls look at night. Overall, I am very happy with this car.
Interior design. Sound system (Bose), and handling.
Aux jack in. Little bit better gas mileage.
I love mine! It handles so sweetly, and the sporty feel is unbelievable for a compact...which it doesn't really feel like at all. Strong, fast, tight...who could as for more?
Handling, pickup, 5 speed manual, leather seats, great interior features.
The horn...sounds like a mouse!
I replaced my 2003 Ford Ranger Edge with the Mazda3 and couldn't be happier. The Mazda3 is by far the most sport tuned compact in its class. No car can compare. I continue to be shocked by the performance from such an inexpensive compact car. The seats are firm but comfortable. The ride sound is a little louder than most but I was willing to compromise for the 17 inch wheels and sport suspension. My $19,000 car has more options, bigger wheels, better acceleration, better handling and the same reliability as my mother's $28,000 Honda Accord. You can't go wrong with the Mazda3.
My favorite features are the 17 inch stock rims and the 160 hp engine. I also like the interior layout of the car. The dashboard looks high class for a $19,000 car.
I would recommend that the Mazda3 5 door comes with factory tinted windows since everyone is doing it aftermarket anyway.
We love our new Mazda3. We got the fully loaded touring edition with the sport 5 speed auto transmission. We have not had an automatic for 25 years. This is a pleasure to drive in both auto and manual mode. I just drove the length of Mulholland Highway today, switching between the two shift modes. It really is a pleasure to feel the quality and performance of a well-made small car. Works well for shopping trips also. All the grand touring extras seem to be worth the extra money ... trip computer, high tech adjustable headlights, premium audio, etc. They all work and we are using them. Great car.
Handling, sport auto transmission, appearance, interior fit and finish.
After my first 1000 miles, I can't think of any.
Great feel, fun to drive, handles well, solid braking, and plenty of pickup, especially with the 5 speed. Nice features, great sound, easy to operate.
Xenon headlights - Bose speakers.
Went to dealership to buy a Mazda Tribute as I wanted sport utility functionality. I drove the Tribute and then saw the Mazda 3; took a test drive and bought the car based on its comfort, looks and the ride is superb compared to the Tribute. Fun to drive and it has great gadgets: radio, driver information center, etc.
The heated leather seats are great. It rides like a large car, quiet and smooth. It's easy to drive and has plenty of power for a four cylinder. The Bose radio, auto engine start and monochromatic mirror are great options. Love the dash light colors and steering wheel radio controls.
Add heated side view mirrors.
Went on a 2000 mile holiday through mountains, foothills and plains and the Mazda 3's performance blew me away. I could downshift at high speeds and get a instant surge of power and acceleration because of its smooth high revving motor. Wind noise is low and car handled tight curves with control and confidence. Steering feel is accurate and tight. The dash appointments, layout and interior comfort is topnotch.The hatch with the 60-40 fold down seat is versatile and spacious. The styling of the car is eye catching and impressive. One of the most impressive options is the 5 speed automatic transmission with the manual override feature that I used all the time. I didn't miss the clutch at all.
Engine, automatic transmission, dash features and layout, hatch versatility, superb brakes - discs all around, great exterior styling, easy service access under the hood, roomy passenger compartment and sporty looking 17 inch tires and alloy wheels. Can't forget great fuel economy, especially with price of gas.
Haven't had car long enough, just love to drive it.
I traded in my beloved '03 Mini Cooper. Loved that car, but utility demands forced to sell. But not disappointed so far, M3s is more versatile and has more pickup than my CVT Mini. I also note that the more "bang for buck" features were appealing. This is my second Mazda experience; my first was a '88 RX-7 convertible and it had no problems.. The only gripe so far is that the car doesn't have autolocks and the MPG's could be better. Also obviously the handling is not quite up to the Mini, more lean in corners than the Mini. But I find that the Mazda 3S is much more compliant and comfy on the poor roads in Hawaii. Sporty with a good cross of features and added utility just makes sense.
All of the amenities that were standard. From all airbags to climate control to leather seats and HID headlights and even the stock 17 inch wheels and tires. Don't need to go aftermarket yet.
I reiterate like others - more back seat room and autolocking doors and one-touch down/up windows all the way around. Better fuel economy obviously, and I would like a little more HP's. Can't wait to see the Mazdaspeed3!
I upgraded my car from a very practical and fuel-efficient Honda Civic. I LOVE driving the Mazda 3--not just because of its unique styling, but also because of its incredible handling. I rarely brake around corners anymore--it drives like a go-kart. Very stable, incredible handling. The only thing I don't like about my car is the poor gas mileage. Other than that, it really is Zoom Zoom.
Styling, handling, speed, seat warmers, automatic windshield wipers.
Adjusting the quoted gas mileage so that it respects expectations. Better seat quality (mine is leather and you can already see the indentation of the seat warmer wires).
I bought my 06 GT 5-door to replace my 04 3 sedan, which I loved aside from the cargo carrying limitations. I have 3 dogs, and occasionally have to transport them 150 miles to visit my mom. I also went for the GT hatch because of the new features (for me anyway) such as leather (heated) seats, auto climate control, information center, auto lights/wipers, and 5 speed auto.
Interior design and comfort befitting a higher class of car, 5 speed auto (lower rpm cruising), cargo management system where the panels can be arranged in multiple ways, auto climate control, and A/C seems better than my 04.
Not much....the BOSE stereo really doesn't sound all that much better than my former 04's stock system.
I traded in my 2004 Honda civic EX for this car. Although the payments were a little higher because of the APR, it was worth the increase. My insurance went down about $50/month and that balanced out the costs. This car is the best! I love it so much. Much better power/acceleration, air conditioning, braking, stereo ... EVERYTHING! Gas is a little more expensive, but so what? Car is worth every penny and more. Don't buy in a dark color unless you do not tailgate, front end paint chips easily. Otherwise I love my car! Can't wait for summer to cruise around more often. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!
Stereo! Power, moonroof, trunk, headlights, tail lights, 4-doors (I hated having a coupe). seats with blue inserts to match the exterior, gauges, steering wheel mounted stereo controls. Roominess, large glove box, cup holders (lol I know). Man, i love my Mazda, zoom zoom baby!
Better fuel economy, iPod interface compatibility, bigger sun visors, thats it!
There's no other economy car in this price range that will get you Sirius radio, HID headlights, LED taillights, 17" wheels, automatic climate control, Bose audio, DVD-based nav system, LED gauges, heated leather seats, and rain-sensing wipers for $23K. Even base models are well-equipped! Sure, you could get a Hyundai for cheaper, but it's a Hyundai and I'm more social conscious than that. It's not wacky on the inside like a Civic, nor is it as bulbous as a Corolla on the outside - the 3 is just right. Well, it's more than right...it's pretty much perfect for the price!
Trip computer, LED gauges, LED taillights, HID headlights, automatic climate control, heated seats, one-touch sunroof, slick wheels, willing engine.
More bass from the Bose audio system, maybe add stability control, rear center armrest.
Replaced a 2002 Infiniti Q45 with this little gem, which has almost as many "goodies" at about 1/3rd the price. Was looking for a disposable "commuter car" with decent mileage and some measure of driving fun. I considered Prius (boring), Civic Hybrid (cheesy), Audi A3 & A4 (great cars for people that like to drive), Acura TSX (just a fancy Accord), and BMW 3 (too, well, pretentious) before trying the Mazda, and had just about settled on the Audi A3. I had never driven a Mazda and was very pleasantly surprised. Good (not great, but considering the price, good) performance and handling, gorgeous interior, and enough electronic toys to make the morning commute almost entertaining. Two thumbs up.
Prettiest interior this side of a Maserati, great ergonomics (except for the flashing light show when changing the stereo volume), comprehensive option list (leather, nav, 6-disc CD, sat radio, seat heaters, "tiptronic" auto transmission, climate control, remote start, xenon lights), and competent handling.
Black headliner with black leather, voice-controlled nav, a bit more power (200-220hp would be about right), footwell lights, dead pedal, power seats, a few dollars more sound insulation, better quality carpet, leather armrest on console, redesign awkward looking windows aft of C-pillar.
I went from a 1990 V8 Ford Mustang to this car. All I can say is WOW! Although there is a drop in horsepower from the Ford to the Mazda3, I hardly notice it. The car handles much better and the features can't be beat. The automatic transmission is fun to drive as well. I'm always looking for an excuse to drive my car. The fuel economy is so-so, but an improvement over my last vehicle. All-in-all, this is a must drive. The only gripes I have are that my right knee rests a little uncomfortably on the center console and the sun visors are too small.
Heated leather, automatic climate control, auto wipers, folding seats, cavernous glove box.
Larger sun visor, seat position memory, reduce road noise.
Excellent handling and suspension. Good braking with all disk brakes. Power and torque is a little low; could use more power like 180hp and 180lbs. torque. Interior and exterior styling is great with good quality. I like the side turn indicators which many cars don't have. Fully loaded for $21K (sunroof, leather, xenon, heated seats, clear led tail lights, 17 inch rims, 6-CD BOSE). Great car at a great price. I highly recommend it.
Hatch, black leather seats (front heated), xenon headlights, 5 speed manual transmission, price ($21K), clear led tail lights, 17 inch rims, sunroof, side turn indicators, door handles, BOSE Sound.
More powerful engine with at least 180hp and 180lbs torque; it would go great with a 6 speed manual transmission.
I love this car! Fun to drive, great performance, very comfortable. I looked for a compact and got the cream of the cream of Mazda 3. All the optionals. The Bose sound system is unbelievable. The car totally sticks to the road. For a compact I hardly could be more satisfied, but I am a perfectionist. For the cream of the cream, they could offer a few more features. How come they don't have the option of power seats? How come the car keys look so cheap? Overall, it is great (otherwise I would not buy it), but there is always room for improvement.
Bose sound system is amazing. Navigation system is very nice, but too expensive for a non voice-activated one. The automatic transmission is the best performing one I have ever seen. The suspension is totally amazing. Automatic headlights. Automatic wipers.
Power seats. Voice activation on the navigation system (how can they charge 1700 for it?). Nicer keys, with remote, after all I did not pick the car because it is cheap. Air ducts to the back seats. Overhead console with a place for sunglasses. Ability to play mp3s, CDs and iPod interface.
Looked at a Toyota Matrix, a VW Golf and a Golf GTI, and by far this was the best bang for the buck. Toyota Matrix and VW Golf are not as much fun to drive. Golf GTI, more powerful, costs much more and comes in 3 door only. The handling of Mazda3 is excellent and so are the brakes. Currently I am getting around 26mpg, and that is for mostly highway driving. The dog (110 lbs) fits in the car just fine and so do the boxes from IKEA. Visibility is great. The dash lights up very well and the stick shifts amazingly well. Overall, a great car which is fun to drive and doesn't cost a whole lot.
Easy clutch, 5 speed stick shift, handling, suspension, brakes, heated seats, hatchback versatility. The dash lights up great and is very easy to read. Steering wheel mounted controls. Telescopic steering wheel adjustment is a great feature.
Pretty poor snow handling with the stock Goodyears. The ride is somewhat stiff. Auto dimming mirror not an option anymore as it breaks the auto wipers and auto headlights. AWD version would be nice especially in the snow.
I stepped down from a luxury make to purchase this car. It is a great compromise, with enough luxury features to make me happy, but is still a practical car. The handling is excellent, and the pickup is very good for a small car. The engine is much quieter than other 4-cylinder cars of its type. The gas mileage isn't stellar, but I am still breaking it in. If you want a reliable hatchback that is fun to drive, this car fits the bill. No regrets.
Handling and suspension are superb. Strong brakes. Comfortable seats. Hatchback utility. Biggest glovebox I have ever seen.
AWD as an option would be nice. Snow handling is sub-par with stock tires.
I've had my hatchback for three weeks and absolutely love it. The ride is smooth and the car definitely has great pickup. The folding seats are great for storage and very easy to get up and down. It is a really comfortable car to drive. The air conditioning is good, the stereo great and the interior is very comfortable.
Folding seats, and great sounding stereo system. Great ride and very quick pickup.
None that I can think of.
This is my 2nd Mazda 3 5 door. I traded my previous 2004 model that had 33,000 miles for a tricked out one. I thought the 2004 model was a nice ride, but the 2006 seems to be smoother and quieter. Plus the Grand Touring upgrade with Nav System is very nice. Options I would expect on more expensive cars.
Almost everything is nice about the car.
An input jack for MP3 player would be nice or an MP3 cd changer that comes with the moonroof stereo upgrade.
Other than the crack in the windshield I got while driving to Vegas (in less than 12 hours of ownership) I love this car. Fun to drive, fast (you need to remember that 60mph is not on the top of the speedometer, but at 90 degree angle.) Lots of room - 3 suitcases would have fit. I like the folding seats, the plastic tray, the little compartment to the right inside the hatchback. Comfortable on long trips. I like the automatic climate control Still trying to figure out what all the displays mean.
Steering wheel radio controls, auto climate, ambient temp gauge, steering column adjustment, not just up and down, but out and in.
None so far.
Great handling, great on fuel and over all this car is worth more than 35 grand, CDN dollars ... and I got it for 27 grand. Import all the way!
Should also add inside ambient temperature. I think the decked out model has only the outside ambient temperature. Just a thought.
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