By BW on
2006 Mazda 3 s Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
This is the best small car out there. After driving a Toyota Matrix and Mazda3 back to back I bought the 3 on the spot. This car is fun. I love the stereo, the interior, and the 17" wheels. Handles like a dream and my bike fits in the back.
The 17" wheels and tires look great. The backseat is not huge, but I can actually fit there. My wife actually likes the looks (she hated my Subaru Forester). The 5 speed automatic is really cool. I got the ABS and side airbags. Cornering is flat and stable.
Headroom is tight with the sunroof. The radio reception is not good. The front brakes squeal when backing up when the car is cold (I will get that looked at by the dealer next week). The Goodyear tires could be better.