2012 Mazda Mazda3 i Touring 4dr Sedan w/SKYACTIV-G (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
In shopping for a new car, I evaluated the following
Mazda 3 i Touring
Chevy Cruse LT
Hyundai Elantra GLS
Honda Civic EX
Ford Focus SE
Kia Forte EX
I chose the Mazda 3.
Pros for the Mazda 3
Fun to drive.
Smooth engine and transmission.
5K miles later, I am averaging 37 MPG in mixed driving.
Cons for the Mazda 3
More rattles than I am used to in a new car.
Not as stable on highway on-ramps as I am used to.
This is probably due to the tire choice, they are high pressure and don't seem to offer the best grip.
Of course this is probably part of the reason I am getting 37 MPG.
The Cruze and the Elantra were also pretty good, but the engine in the Mazda won me over.
The interior is nice.
The bluetooth connectivity turned out to be an unexpected bonus.
I regularly listen to audio books streamed from my itouch through the car stereo.
No cable connections needed.