This is the first Mazda I ever bought and I'm pretty happy with the car. It looks GREAT with the sport package. The ride is pretty firm and a little bumpy but of course the car handles great. It's got a lot of power, 220hp, but it doesn't feel that fast even with a 5 speed manual. Nice interior design but not without flaws like peeling headliner, weird looking shifter trim and a few rattles. Overall a good car!
Exterior design, V6 with a 5 speed manual option, handling and a nice engine note.
More power at lower RPMs, quieter ride, redesigned shifter and shifter boot (manual), better clutch that lasts longer, more options like dual climate control and memory seats.