Wow...what a rush. That about sums it up. Great road feel--not too harsh of a ride (compared to other "sport-y" cars this fast) and quiet for this car segment--much quieter than my '01 Protégé. Interior features are very well thought out. I have the Touring, so the extra features like auto wipers and lights are wonderful--and make me almost think I'm in a more expensive car. The red stitching has been approved by everyone from 60 years old down to 10--good going Mazda on that feature. Torque steer is only noticeable when turning sharply in 1st and 2nd gear, after that its only a slight nudge that simply gives you a smile as you remember how much fun it is to lay on the lead foot.
Engine, auto-lights and wipers, hatch utility, aux port and Sat, lots of storage space.
All wheel drive system--that can still deliver the same road feel, handling and quickness--after the launch.