2005 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: A Fun Value

2005 Mazda 3 Hatchback - Consumer Review

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A Fun Value
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2005 Mazda 3 s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


After 11 months and 14,500 miles, I'm
still extremely happy with this car. I
have an automatic, with ABS, and
sunroof. It's fun to drive and
surprisingly comfortable, even on long
highway trips. Mazda's done a great
job in developing a car that is both
fun and practical. That's not to say
it's a perfect car as it does have some
minor problems - but for the money,
it's very difficult to beat. The dealer
experience was also much better than
expected. Complaints are relatively
few: gauges tend to wash out in bright
sunlight, the tires are great in normal
driving but not very good in the snow,
and the textured interior material,
while it looks great, scuffs easily.

Best Features

The fun to drive factor can't be beat. Engine, transmission, and general handling are largely unbeatable in this price range. Carrying capacity is surprisingly good.

Worst Features

Better gauge/dash lighting scheme; availability of traction control; improved gas mileage (though the car does tend to encourage driving habits that aren't greatly conducive to good gas mileage).
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