2007 Mazda MAZDA3 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
This car gives amazing performance for the price. Quiet, extremely smooth engine and tranny, firm brakes, great ride. It handles like it's on rails. Rides/performs like a car costing 5-10 thousand more. For ca. $1800 and a couple bucks more per month on a payment, it is stupid not to get the Grand Touring model. Just the xenon headlights are worth it. Once you have driven a car with xenons, you'll think normal headlights are pure junk. The leather, auto-on headlights and wipers are nice too. So get the Grand Touring!! We test drove all the popular cars, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, etc., and none of them held a candle to this car as far as equipment and performance for the price.
Ride, handling, brakes, quiet, tight chassis, equipment for the price, a $20xxx with xenons!! My gripes notwithstanding, I would buy this car again given that you simply cannot buy another $20k car with this kind of chassis and I'll take the chassis over a foo-foo interior.
Few gripes. Interior plastics cheap and hard, very easy to scratch. They had to cut costs somewhere I suppose. Fuel mileage, although good, not as advertised. Getting 27 steady hwy, but claimed 31 hwy. Acc. iPod interface is junk, can't see what you are playing. Don't get it, use the aux jack.