2007 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
I've been driving this car now for about six months. For the money, it cannot be beat - just straight up amazing value. The high end appointments (bose stereo, xenon lighting, heated leather seats, 18" wheels) make this car a head turner. But Ive read reviews about the gas mileage - my thoughts: your two biggest variables are temperature and conditions. If it is cold in the city, I get like 20 mpg, if its warm and on the highway, I get about 35. Huge range on this car. Its engine is a touch undersized, so anything over 70mph on the highway drops your mileage considerably. I got about 34mpg on a roadtrip to NYC this weekend - just cruise at about 68mph.
Great city car size, roomy, comfy, reasonably fast, good fuel economy, hatchback utility, xenon lights, heated seats!
Build quality a bit suspect, stereo weak, road noise but these are minor critiques. A plugin-hybrid, awd version would really shake things up.