2009 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
Owned BMWs for 11-yrs; got tired of expensive fixes. The Mazda has creature comforts not typically found in this class. Leather, heated seats, remote starter, Bose upgraded stereo, 4-wheel disc brakes. Very fun to drive, way better looking than anything in it's class (Honda Fit, Corolla, Civic). Fuel economy could be better, but a small price to pay with all the features and drivability. The interior fit and finish matches BMWs I've owned. I researched cars for about a week solid before purchasing and nothing comes close to the bang for the buck. The one major complaint - the horn sounds like something from a clown car.
Bose stereo with hook-up for iPod - sounds amazing; leather interior; exterior styling; flexible space from hatchback; tire pressure monitor; trip computer; 6 CD changer; remote starter
Would like power passenger seat; remote open of hatchback; need a complete "do over" on the horn.