2012 Mazda MAZDA3: Storage Wars
September 13, 2012
I grew up in Denver. I recall most of the homes there had basements, which you could just rename "storage depots" given how frequently owners used them to store all of their stuff. Then I moved to Southern California. Nobody has basements. Instead, most people just store all of their crap in their garage, leaving their cars on the driveway.
I happen to be a traditionalist. The garage is for the car. But my wife loathes to get rid of things. So we have a lot of stuff. And I have to rent a storage unit (or two).
When it comes time to move stuff from house to unit -- or vice versa -- it's nice to have a car like our Mazda 3. Granted, you're not going to be moving couches with it. But for the typical stuff -- bins and boxes -- it works out great. And once I'm done hauling, I'm back to having my nimble, comfortable and fuel efficient small car. Go Mazda 3 hatchback.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor