2006 Mazda MAZDA3 s Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
The car has had zero problems in 50K miles. It is fun to drive and not a mushmobile like the competition. Great performance for the price! Smooth and quiet engine with a wide torque band. Standard transmission shifts great, precise and easy.
Real full sized disc brakes on all four was a big selling feature, also the 17" alloy wheels standard.
The center console hits my elbow and the sharp edge of the dash hurts the side of your leg on a long trip. Noisy wheels and suspension with stiff ride but worth it in handling.