2006 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
I have had this car for a year and a half now and I really like it a lot. It feels like I'm driving a sports car because of the pep and the great handling. It has 90k miles on it and in the time I've had it I haven't had to do anything other than regular maintenance. It is very reliable and I don't mind that it doesn't get great gas mileage (I average 25 - 28 mpg with a mix of city/highway) because it is so fun to drive. The sporty/luxury mix is perfect.
In the snow and ice, one must be careful of the pep and be easy on the gas pedal when accelerating after stopping, but other than that, I've had no problems driving it in the snow.
The rain-sensing automatic windshield wipers are by far my favorite feature. I also appreciate the automatic light-sensing headlights too - one less thing to worry about when driving.
The heated leather seats are nice.
There are controls to adjust the driver's seat to accommodate short people like me.
The headlights are bright with a good spread, makes it easier to see on darkened country. roads without needing to turn on the brights.
The overall quality of this car inside and out is really great. It's not very expensive either.
The sunroof and fog lights are nice to have.
I changed the stereo out because there is no USB/iPod port on this year's model and I didn't want to mess with CD's, so now the lighted display on the dash does not work (it is built into the factory stereo) and I don't know what temperature I'm setting the heating and cooling at.
The rear window defroster could work quicker and more efficiently.
I'd like the seats to be more comfortable and I think the ride could be smoother. But not at the expense of the pep!
The back tires were cupped when I bought it, not sure if that is common or not, but the new tires the dealership installed 13k miles ago aren't cupping so far.
Could use automatic trunk release