I leased my Mazda3 3 years ago. The lease is up next week and let me tell you I'll miss it. Unfortunately, space wise, it's not up to my standards anymore since I now have a 2 yr. old daughter. It was a true joy having this car. Excellent gas mileage, cute, sporty, peppy (I have a manual) and durable. My right front tire leaks air faster than the others but aside from that I haven't had ONE ISSUE!!! Whoever is lucky enough to get this car after me is buying a dream!
Attractive small car, surprisingly peppy and roomy in the truck, gas mileage +++, great service from dealership, inexpensive to drive with many features
Amazing little car. No improvements unless you need more space like me!
2006 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
I love my mazda 3GT. (2.3) It's a great car for someone who is single or with a small family. It HANDLES VERY WELL..the manual transmission shifts nicely and the power-performance is surprising for a smaller car. I drove a a civic (exc SI), Corolla and Calliber and for about the same price ...it is by far a better buy!!!!
Performance and handling (excellent for a 2.3L) Sound sytem (6 speakes..it's amazing) The leather seats are heated and are nicely designed.
AC (could be better) Trunk is roomy but not that nicely designed from the exterior (personal opinion). Not enough leg room in the back... Remote trunk opener.
Enjoyable to drive. Solid build and handling. Looks sexy. I bought this car last February and so far it's been a good choice when comparing to Nissan, Honda and Toyota. More bang for the buck. I'm planning to hang on to this vehicle for as long as possible since I fear future cars may look like upscale golf carts.
Clean engine layout. Refined, well appointed interior. Nice sound system. Easy entry and exit. Large glove box. Good power and acceleration for a 2L engine. Quiet engine when idling. Strong headlight illumination. Braking is smooth and powerful.
Limited rear windshield visibility. The base model could've included power windows and door locks as well as cruise control. Outside mirrors lack adjustment range. Air filter is hard to get to for replacement. Temporary disabling of seatbelt minder alarm doesn't work as described in manual.
2006 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
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.