2010 Mazda MAZDA3 s Sport 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
I'm yet another reviewer coming out of a BMW 3 series and into the Mazda 3. I'm stunned to say that this car is just as much fun to drive as my 325i was. Sure, it's not as quiet (the 3s has more tire noise on the highway) and doesn't have all the extra luxuries my BMW had. With that said, the Mazda 3 is a far better value. It's truly BMW-like in performance and offers many options that you normally find only in higher price points-like the automatic rain-sensing wipers my BMW had. If you're someone who enjoys driving, the 3 is light on it's feet, hugs corners, has plenty of power for it's size and great stopping power. With all that and exceptional interior quality, it's the one to buy
handling, engine, bluetooth hands-free, blue accent lighting, value for $$
open button on trunk lid (sedan) - having to open drivers door to pull trunk release is inconvenient. Heated outside mirrors should also be standard. Quieter tires on the sport (17") rims.