2007 Mazda MAZDA3 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this car specifically to improve upon the gas mileage I was getting in my Maxima. Even though it's rated for 35 mpg, I routinely get better than that when it's warm out (37-38 is not uncommon). What I've found really impressive is that at high speeds, the mileage doesn't seem to be sacrificed. On the drive from Salt Lake to Laramie, I must have averaged around 80-85 mph and still achieved better than 35 mpg. The stereo is great for a stock stereo and the MP3 jack is a nice touch. I previously owned a 2001 Protege ES which I thought handled slightly better than the 3, but the 3 is a much better looking car. Somehow with the same engine as the Protege, mileage improved big time.
Gas mileage, styling, handling, sound system.
The air filter is a royal pain in the rear to replace (they don't even tell you where it is in the owners manual). I would like to see the 2.0L engine available in the hatchback version. Also, the ABS/side air bag package should be more readily available.