2013 Mazda 3 i Grand Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
I recently bought this car used, having searched for a GT with manual transmission. I had bought a 2012 Skyactive GT with auto since the manual was not available. Wow! What a difference the transmission makes. Drivability is greatly improved with such a slick shifter and smooth clutch. It's the best manual I've driven, having previously owned 06 and 09 Mazda 3's with manual. Engine power is modest but made more than bearable due to excellent handling and truly outstanding gas mileage. Add to that a fully functional in-dash touchscreen navigation, blind spot monitoring, keyless entry and ignition, auto wipers, and articulating headlights and you have a great automobile.
High gas mileage
High Fun to drive quotient
I actually wanted a sporty handling car, at least for a compact.
However, I was not prepared for the horrible ride quality the 3 has on anything but perfect roads.
The car feels unstable, the freeway ride is awful with the car tramlining all over the place.
2 dealers told me that's just the way the car rides.
Biggest mistake was buying this car over the Chevy Cruze.
Nice looking car
Better ride needed, way better
No alloys? Come on, Mazda
Worst oem tires I have ever seen
I traded my '13 Ford Focus (that I bought brand new), for my brand new Mazda3. Let me tell you this car is better in all aspects. The Focus was very nice, but could not get used to the Dual Clutch transmission. I was in heaven when I test drove my Mazda, it drives better then the Focus, it shifts better, handles better. Everyone says how the Mazda3 has hard plastic all over the place on the inside, I don't know about you but I don't drive and tap my fingers on the dashboard at the sometime. Yes, somethings could of been made and/or placed different, but I've never seen a car where everything is perfect, but the Mazda3 comes pretty darn close.
Skyactiv, seat comfort
Base radio and should come stranded with Bluetooth
2013 Mazda 3 i Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
I've had my Mazda 3 for just over a month and I'm very pleased with the car. Most of my driving is in the city and the SkyActive engine has delivered right at 30mpg on the first 5 tanks. I really like the driving dynamics and the overall road feel the car gives. My only complaint so far is the road noise at higher speeds. There's plenty of interior room and very comfortable seats.
Driving dynamics, handling, seating, hatchback versatility and
of course the great gas mileage.
Better insulation for less road noise at highway speeds.