2006 Mazda MAZDA3 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
2.0 VVT is lively with a stick. Air, in spite of past complaints, worked fine today in 88 degree, sunny and muggy day. Gearshift is smooth and direct. Steering is very secure; interior plastics have high quality feel to the touch. Engine feels very refined. Got 31 mpg on first gas tank in 50 50 city/highway driving (remember, still brand new, has 400 miles on car!) - can't wait until break in period is over!
Steering feel, overall handling, power/mpg mixture, safety features (with safety package), looks, gearshift, interior quality, where should I stop?
Give them away; honestly, when you think about improvements, you have to remember that this is a $15,000 car! Only maybe a better A/C, as others have complaints (but mine works fine).