2008 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: The best car I've owned

2008 Mazda 3 Sedan - Consumer Review

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The best car I've owned
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2008 Mazda 3 New s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)


I bought the top-of-the-line sedan. It handles and rides very well. It's quiet inside without too much road noise. The automatic transmission is very smooth and includes a digital indicator of the current gear as it shifts, which is a useful feature. It has good acceleration with the 2.3L engine (but you won't mistake it for a V6 or V8.) The car was delivered in perfect condition, with no problems or blemishes of any kind. Both the interior and exterior have a "look" of quality. The car doesn't appear cheesy, like a lot of inexpensive cars do. On my 2nd tank of gas, the display showed 28.4 mpg average. It has a ton of equipment: Bose, Sirius, stability, xenon, advanced brakes, etc.

Best Features

Supportive leather seats with heaters, power control on the drivers side, and power recliner. The Bose sound system with Sirius is excellent. The overall appearance of the car is very pleasing and solid. The extremely high level of equipment for the price is what I really like overall.

Worst Features

Redesign the speedometer dial to make it easier to read. The bottom seat cushion is short and doesn't extend far enough under my knees. The gas and brake pedals are too close together. There is no remote trunk release on the keyfob (a sorely missed feature!). Audio system controls could be simpler.
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