For some reason (maybe reading a lot of hype) I was focused on the Mazda3. Well, forget about it! My 2007 Rabbit 2dr. is superior in EVERY way, except gas mileage. That's fine with me. Do not buy any Mazda3 until you drive the comparable Rabbit, now made in Germany. Compared to everything else in its class, the Rabbit sets the standard, no matter what you read or hear elsewhere. It is a great car for those of us who enjoy driving.
5 cyl engine, 6 speed auto trans with 3 shift options, brakes, suspension, seats (mine are not heated), looks, upscale interior, hatchback utility, price (value), 4 year warranty, solid feel & famous German quality engineering.
Better gas mileage, factory remote start, AWD availability.