2007 Mazda MAZDA3 s Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
I love this car, but would strongly recommend you get the manual transmission if you are after max fun. The automatic shift function is a joke. Off of the highway the 2.0L engine is almost just as fun and much better on gas, plus you can avoid those terrible 17" tires. 33K so far and nothing except basic maintainace and having to buy snow tires on steel rims and new street tires on the 17" rims.
The manual transmission is great. Also the hatchback utility is so convient and looks good too.
Tires- the 17" low profile tires don't last very long and are very expensive to replace $450 - $800. Plus if you live in the snow be ware. You NEED snow tires. Also mazda should make the hatchback with the 2.0L.