2008 Mazda MAZDA3 New s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
I traded in my 03 vibe to get ABS, traction control and a little more power, what I got was a car in another league entirely. I thought the vibe handled good when new, but as time went on I realized it wasn't that great (no ABS or traction control). I was surprised to be getting about the same gas mileage with the Mazda3, with better power.
The automatic 5-speed with manual mode is wonderful, even in regular mode it shifts smoothly and downshifts for corners.
The road noise is a little annoying, are there quieter tires?