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Mazda 3 5-door
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By d harvey
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2006 Mazda 3 s Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Great storage space with real sports car feel.


Best Features

Extraordinary handling and power. Styling and craftsmanship make it hard to believe that it is an "entry level" car. Seats are very supportive.


Worst Features

Plastic interior door panels are too soft... scratch too easily.


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Performance
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By Tiq
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Vehicle

2006 Mazda 3 s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

For a 160hp pocket rocket, it makes ground really fast. This ride can hit 60mph at 3rd gear. It's effortless when climbing. Never doubt if a car pops in front of you and you have slow down or brake and it can accelerate right back with ease.


Best Features

Front grill and headlamps.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage. Make leather seats standard for all S models.


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Mazda 3S
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By JS
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2006 Mazda 3 s 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Wife and I have been looking for a new car for more than a year. Test drove Honda, Toyota and the Mazda 3S. Didn't take very long to fall in love with this car. More solid from stem to stern. Handling, braking and road authority in a different league. Very smooth, fast and safe. Begs to be driven. Mazda must have taken apart a BMW 3 series. This car must be German. A lot of car for $18K! We'll see how reliable it is over time. Paid extra for the 100 K warranty.


Best Features

5 speed automatic transmission, suspension, interior build quality, brakes, strong engine. Secure feeling while driving.


Worst Features

No sunglass holders. Low beam needs adjustment-not set far enough. Grand touring model has low beam adjustment. Should be in S Model also. Back door lock sticks. Trunk lid makes it more difficult to park. Gas mileage could be better. Steering wheel interferes with view of gauges. Stereo just ok.


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Best Car EVER!
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By David
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Vehicle

2006 Mazda 3 s Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

The car is an amazing piece of machinery. I recently took a defensive driving course; the participants were other economy sedans. Out of all of them the Mazda3 performed the best. It stops on a dime and handles extremely well. I was the only driver that went through the entire four hour course without knocking over any cones. Best car I have ever owned.


Best Features

Interior and exterior design. The performance it great.


Worst Features

A more powerful AC. A slightly longer body, for more leg room.


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By cbw wilson
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Vehicle

2006 Mazda 3 s 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I love it. The 2.3 has plenty of power and it handles great. I average around 29 miles per gallon in mixed driving with the air on. The trunk is large for a car this size and has plenty of room. I'm 6'3" and have room and someone still can sit behind me. The only drawback is there is no 12 volt outlet. I have to use the cigarette lighter and it shuts off with the car.


Best Features

It tells you what the outside temperature is and I love the gauges.


Worst Features

Incorporate a 12v outlet.


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