2007 Mazda Mazda3 s Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
We were ready to buy a dowdy subcompact before driving the Mazda3. After the drive, there was no question. This car is a well styled road rocket and instantly changed our top priority from mpg to fun. After a couple fill-ups I'm averaging a respectable 28 mpg, a bit less than I'd been in the market for, but enough to stay true to the spirit of an affordable, reliable, low total-cost-of-ownership purchase. It's more than large enough for everyday driving for our family of 4. And, again, the performance is just awesome -- quick, nimble, and amazingly grippy. Bottom line: try it, you'll like it.
Performance, styling, great mix of power and fuel economy. Steering control is totally amazing. Great acceleration at highway speeds. This is by far the most fun car in its price range.
On ice, particularly in getting going from a full stop, the traction control pulls too much power from the wheels. Would have liked coin holders to help feed the meters downtown. I find the cabin a bit noisy when it comes to wind and road salt.
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