I can't say enough how much I love this
car! I know there are no perfect car for
<$50k (or above?). But it's amazing to
me how little you give up for how much
you get in this sexy 5-dr hatchback! I
can go to a $50k budget and there isn't
another car that can beat out this
package in every major aspect. The
holistic approach that Mazda took to
driving pleasure really pays off (see
below for highlights). Beneath the
aggressive exterior is a car that blends
in the handling (and good looks) of a
sports coupe, the luxurious ride of a
lexus and the utility of a compact suv.
Taut chassis and suspension setup, quick
and intuitive steering, great sound of
the V6 on high rpm, slick and accurate
manual transmission, strong brakes, sexy
lines and profile. And of course, the
priceless look on people's faces when I
open up the hatchback!
More low-end torque and a few more
ponies; gearbox could be a little
tighter, as it is it feels a bit
fragile. Bring back the yellow exterior!
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