8 of 17 people found this review helpful
This car laughs @ Corolla and Civic
By Tony the test driver on
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
This automobile is exactly what I wanted. It handles well, comfortable and well designed and executed car, loaded with all main safety features. It has a pleasant growl during acceleration. The shifter is nothing short of magic. The exterior is perfect (besides the smile). It feels nothing short of German sedan, especially at night when the dash goes red with bunch of lights. You feel the road and you feel as part of this car when you drive it. Seat has good lumbar support. Ergonomics are good. Ride not worse then in Civic EX. Fuel economy should hit 30 mpg combined. Build quality is top notch. Headlights are super bright at night. Protege beat Civic/Corolla 12yrs ago for me and did it again
My favorite features would be Blue-Tooth, front lights performance, interior design and solid feel. Also, gear shifter is excellent. I love waterfall center stack and analog instrumentation. Folding mirrors! Feel of knobs and buttons - it is solid.
iTouring should include heated mirrors. Cloth upholstery Velor would be better. I don't like motorcycle-styled dash and digital fuel gauge with no temp gauge. Adjusting steering wheel to lowest point covers instrumentation. Grill should be aggressive on this car-not smiley, it is performance!