By Steve on
2006 Mazda 3 s Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
Handles tight. Good acceleration for a 4/automatic. Gas mileage...25 in town with a/c on; 28 without a/c; 30-32 hwy. Comfortable seats, front and back. Easy controls. Oil filter is a dealer/autoshop job, as requires a special tool and the filter is not the standard metal jacketed filter (think naked filter, needs a gasket too).
Handling is wonderful. Good headlights. Good interior space for a small car.
Oil filter should be a normal, change it yourself filter. A little noisy on low speed tight turns (scraping noise?), Floor mats are thin and cheap.