Being very religious to the Honda and Toyota name I was very VERY skeptical about buying something whose parent company is Ford. After reading review after review of Mazdas in general getting raving reviews (especially the 3 never even having a recall!), I bit the bullet and purchased. The days are now long gone that I think only Honda and Toyota are the only makers that make a wonderful car...and I am not limited to very timid designing, looks, and performance! Love the car would recommend to anyone.
The 6 speed is very precise, the rain-sensing wipers and auto lights are super convenient. The nav system is great (no more Mapquest! YES!) Fit and finish is excellent.
The only thing I have to gripe is it seems like the paint is not up to task of normal driving after only having 1500 miles on it I have 4 rock chips on the hood. I do not drive too closely to anyone I do not drive on bad roads.