2006 Mazda 3 s Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
I bought a red Mazda3 S sedan for my wife last year. I liked driving it so much that I bought another one (the hatchback) for myself. Storage space, fuel economy, etc. are all excellent as other reviewers have said. Here's the real deal: the sedan is just faster. The weight ratio must be different between the two because the sedan flies. It shifts into second gear like it's trying to win a race regardless of whether you push the accelerator. The hatchback requires just a little more coaxing. I'm pretty sure the rear door weight is the culprit. What you lose in pep you make up for in utility with the hatchback, but there's a little more Zoom-Zoom in the sedan.
Controls on steering wheel, dash styling, tiptronic standard, fold-flat rear seats with tons of space, fog lights, fuel economy.
In a perfect world the hatchback would have the same power as the sedan, but probably needs a bigger engine to achieve this.