2006 Mazda MAZDA3 s Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
I've had a manual 3s Hatch now for exactly a month--it has 1300 miles. Reasonable mileage (26-27 on suburban errands). Excellent for doing U-turns into parking spaces, taking stuff to the county trash-pickup, and transporting model airplanes with wings attached. Very high quality of assembly.
Great disk brakes complement peppy performance. High utility. Fun to drive.
Bright sunlight and polarized sun glasses render dash displays hard to read (night display is excellent, however).