2009 Mazda MAZDA3 s Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
I test drove this Mazda3 and a 09 Corolla S. I was very disappointed with the Corolla. For about $900 more i got a great handling fun to drive hatchback with a 2.3L engine,5 speed auto w/manual mode,4 wheel disc brakes,DSC, and 17" wheels,crystal pearl white paint to name a few. This car pulls strong through out the whole rev band, and handles like a go cart. I am very satisfied with my purchase so far. Just wish it had a little more cargo room. Kinda tight fit for my golf clubs.
Nice looks,powerful engine,sharp interior,great handling. A big smile on my face each time i get behind the wheel.
2010 is out so a moot point. More rear cargo room. I don't think the 2010 is any different in that category. Fuel mileage. Ave 27mpg with very conservative hwy/city driving.