2008 Mazda Mazda3 New s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
I spent a long time looking at cars and this is the best bet for the money. I live in New England and have no problems in snow, mud, or rain. The traction control works wonders. The features of the grand touring have everything I need. It handles like a charm and I find I get about 26 mpg with both highway and city driving. The manual is a blast, the stereo is phenomenal. There is a bit of cabin noise when your on the highway but I usually have the radio up. Overall, I have had no problems with this car and plan to keep it for a long time.
The audio controls on the steering wheel are excellent, the stereo, auto wipers, and many others.
A button on the key to pop the trunk or a button on the trunk. Its the only thing that irritates me.