2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
Our Mazda 3SGT is equipped with the graphite mica color, has black leather seats, and is fully loaded with the tech package.
Since the front grill and the car color are the same, the smiley face is subdued and not as obvious as most of the other colors.
The car handles very well, has great road centering and quickly responds to steeering input.
I find the sporty seats very comfortable but I'm surprised they don't have any lumbar adjustment.
The Bose sound system is great when turned load, but doesn't have any loudness setting that would give a more full sound at lower volume levels.
The engine exhaust sounds very sporty during highway acceleration, but is quiet while cruising.
The gas mileage is similar to the EPA estimates. Potential buyers of S sedan version need to look at this car as a sporty compact sedan and not as an economy car (if you just want an economy car buy the 3i).
The 3SGT is a hybrid between a small performance sedan (like a BMW 3) and an economy car like a Corolla.
Since its also priced in between those two vehicles, you get what you pay for
Also, the initial quality is top notch.
Since I only have around 3500 miles on the vehicle - long term reliability will need to be determined over time.
The breaks are very good and road noise is subdued.
These two qualities are often criticized in reviews of the vehicle, but I think the car is quiet while cruising down the road and stops quickly and easily.
I am 5 feet 10 inches tall and my head is close to the roof, so taller folks may find the head room tight especially when purchased with the moon roof.
Otherwise, the front seat legroom is excellent since the front seats slide back much more then they did in our old Corolla.
Therefore the back seat legroom gets a little tight, but remember this a compact car, not a midsize. Overall, this is a wonderful car!
Tech package, Bose sound system, and great handling characteristics!
Add a sixth gear to increase highway fuel mileage and put the water temperature gauge back into the 2012s.