nice car overall
By daphkn on
2007 Mazda 3 s Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
I have owned this vehicle now just short of 3 years and it has 27k miles. Overall it is a fine car. Peppy,responsive, and fun to drive. My wife wanted the automatic so that is what we got. The manumatic is a bit lame when it comes to shifting but it still provides some fun factor. Mileage has been pretty good, right around the ratings. All in all it meets my expectations. The negatives that have come to light are the following. The oem tires are awful for wear and handling on wet pavement. These will need to be replaced soon at $550 to $800 for the lot. I was disappointed to read in the manual that snow chains could not be used on models with alloy wheels. Vehicle is not good in snow.
interior and exterior styling. responsive engine and handling. fuel economy. hatchback provides nice storage capacity. Headlights are very bright making night driving easier. Sound system is good
Better oem tires. I would have gladly paid a couple hundred extra dollars at the start for a nice performance tire.clamps for a roof rack would be nice (like the mazda 5) More insulation to improve road noise issue (very loud on certain road conditions). The windshield wipers are also loud.