Just the right combination of performance, saftey, space and reliability. Its big enough to carry my gear but small enough to park easily in the city. I cant beleive I am getting well over 30 mpg in a 50/50 highway/local mix. Id buy it again in a heartbeat.
Know this...Mazda makes great automobiles! Purchased my Mazda 3 hatch, on December 30, 2017. The last sale of the year, and I received a great deal with a lot of extras. The car does everything very well, and I plan to have a blast driving to and from work every weekday. If you want a drivers car...Mazda 3 is it!
I have owned this car for 2 months and am still amazed is only a 2.0L 4 cylinder and is less then $30k. It is a blast to drive. Handles great, accelerates well. The interior looks and feels like a high end SUV. I'm still amazed by the features and quality for the price. The NAV is better then average, but as usual, your cell phone is better. (Mazda, please consider Android Auto / Apple Car Play!). The controls for all the technology are simple to use. The Bluetooth and TXT to Speach works great. The Lane Correction continually sees tar repair seams in I75 as edges in the road. This is by far my biggest disappointment. I have disabled it to prevent it from trying to steering me into another lane, Which it attempts to do on a regular basis. The radar cruise control makes long drives on the highway so much less fatiguing and yes, it still works with the Manual Transmission! The heated seats heat up fast and the heater steering wheel is a nice touch. The seats fold down easily and the hatchback opens to allow about a 28" tall object. With the seats down, I have about a 40" Wide by 50" deep buy 28" tall usable cargo space. If you need the practical car that has a decent cargo room but drives like a sports car, this is a great fit.
Great-looking car and there are some good deals out there to be had. Handles well, and has a comfortable interior and lots of nice safety features. Not a roomy back seat, no CD player, cumbersome infotainment system for the novice, smallish trunk, and more road noise than I would like. But fun to drive and pretty good on gas. I'm hoping it will be reliable.