2010 Mazda Mazda3 s Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6M)
I didn't consider this car until I couldn't get a Civic EX-L with a 5-spd; I sat in a 3 and immediately felt the level of refinement it had over the Honda--yes the "great" Honda. I love this car! It handles well, it rides well, I've gotten 33 mpg on a 2.5hr trip, and 26 mpg in mixed driving! If you're looking at compacts, you've got to try this one. Cash for clunkers worked for me!
Handling, comfortable seats, bluetooth, zippy engine, good ride for a sporty compact, decent standard stereo.
thicker or harder paint on the hood- already have some chips :-(