2010 Mazda MAZDA3 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
I switched over from a Mercedes 350-E which was plagued with problems and poor quality not to mention expensive maintenance costs. I chose a Mazda 3 2.5 litre GTE model and am extremely satisfied with the car. Have traveled across the country this summer and never even had a minor problem. The gas mileage is good but city consumption is slightly heavy in traffic. The car has enough power for highways and passing. It has many features of a much more expensive German luxury model but far cheaper to run and maintain. It also runs fine on regular gas and has a smaller environmental impact compared to German imports . The GPS display screen in the dash is a bit small and hard to read.
Fun to drive and good build quality. The steering is responsive.
Bigger and better screen for GPS road map. Eliminate the blind spots near rear windows or put a warning system. All wheel drive would be good for northern snow bound regions.