I made the decision to purchase Bonnie after an overnight test drive in which I put 126 miles on the car. I made was living in the Chicago suburbs at the time. I had to make an unplanned trip into downtown Chicago during that test drive. She performed well in the suburbs, on the tollway, in the city, and was easy to park and navigate. I realized I was comfortable driving her in all the situations I needed her to perform well in. Since then we have gone 125,000 miles together, and I have never questioned whether she would get me where I wanted to go. My only reason for not replacing her with another Mazda 3 Hatchback is the rear seat and cargo space are rather small, and Mazda has chosen to put in place their own navigation system instead of Android Auto in the 2018 models.
Peppy good sized car. Only major repair was the ECM, but I have a lot of miles on my car, currently 145,000. Still looks new and current. Great acceleration from the start. Will maintain 80 mph easily on the interstate. Fun to drive!
Love the car and styling for an economy model. However, chassie needs more durable rust proofing. Salt has done too much damage to exposed or just lightly painted suspension parts, rotor / hubs,etc. I anticipate in purchasing a 2018 /19 model and getting it rust proofed.