Bought my '06 Mazda3 Hatchback in October '05. Thought about getting a Toyota Corolla S, but after trying with several Toyota dealerships they couldn't get the options that I wanted. So far the Mazda3 has been a fun, reliable, good looking car. This is my first Mazda and so far a good car, I'm a Toyota kind of guy, but decided to give Mazda a chance.
Looks, wheels, ABS, powerful engine for a 4 cylinder, comfortable ride. Interior looks very modern.
Road noise is loud depending on the road surface. It seems like interior gets dusty and dirty very easily. Rattles and plastic vibrations coming from dashboard and door sides.