2006 Mazda 3 s Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this to replace my beloved Civic Si after the great reviews I had read and the exhaustive research available on the net. This is by far Mazda's best offering for the money in any class. The engine is peppy if not outright powerful. The exterior design is broad shouldered & modern. The interior is well though out & purposeful. Material quality could be better as the plastics get dirty quickly but can be easily cleaned. The mileage is the biggest disappointment as only strictly adhering to the 55 speed limit will get you EPA advertised mpg.
* Cost. * Power everything included. * Side curtain airbag options on Touring Model. * Engine & handling performance of cars costing much more! * Utility.
* Better MPG. * Better interior plastics. * More leg room in rear. * 1 touch auto up for windows.