2006 Mazda MAZDA3 s Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
I LOVE this car.It's just fast enough, handles maneuvering like a Porsche, possesses features that will make you think you spent more, and looks absolutely commanding on the road. I've owned the winning blue 5 door touring wagon for about a year now and here are just a few things that I didn't hear much about in other reviews: 1) If you live in an area with snow and hills, you WILL have a little trouble in the snow. There were about 3 days last winter when I just spun around. Consider winter tires in Dec/Jan, 2) Replacing the tires with original equipment tires will cost you about $225 PER tire...the cost for performance, handling, and looks. The tires are very wide and thin.
Superior handling, exterior styling is refreshingly strong, interior luxury features are nice, pretty good on gas mileage.
Shifting into 2nd is a little rough on the automatic, muffler sway should be minimized, better cabin insulation would quiet road noise.