2006 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
Overall, you cant find a better car for the price, period. The combination of performance, interior design, and aesthetics makes this car extremely desirable. I rigorously examined the Corolla, Civic, and other midsize sedans, and this Mazda tops them all.
Interior design, fuel mileage (28 city, 32 highway, and this is the 2.3L model), handling, appearance.
Ride is a little stiff, especially over bumps, and road noise reduction could be better.