2009 Mazda MAZDA3 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)
Follow up to my 8/26/08 posting. Just took the car from MI on a trip to Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole and Yellowstone. Back to MI, then over to Ontario and around Georgian Bay. Put on 4800 miles in 12 days through varied terrain. Got 31.6 mpg for the overall trip, car ran great, handled well and was very comfortable. Power is adequate 90% of the time. Cruised very well at the 75mph (maybe just a bit over)speed limit in WY and SD. The fully reclining & heated passenger seat is great for rest area naps. Bose stereo is very good. Strong crosswinds in SD (from Ike) could certainly be felt, but not too bad. Very good visibility.
Handling, overall performance, gas mileage, good shifter, very good brakes. Comfortable seats for long stints at the wheel. Good headlights but a rather sharp cut off on low beam, even with the standard adjustment feature. Overall performance and creature comforts are very good for this class.
Trip computer info is small and hard to read. A little more power would always be nice. Better quality carpet. Less complex & "busy" center stack controls. Fog lights should operate with either parking lights or low beams. Heated side mirrors. Maybe all this will be on the new 2010 Mazda 3?