2005 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: Love our SP 2.3 Sedan

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Love our SP 2.3 Sedan
By pats1 on


2005 Mazda 3 SP23 Special Edition 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


Bought this car 5 weeks ago and have 2500+ miles on it already - lots of highway driving. What a great car!! Love the carbon gray mica with the black leather (don't see any like it) and this one is loaded with most everything except NAV. Last tank was 29.2 MPG. Very fun to drive - handles like a dream. Acceleration was a pleasant surprise. Added another SP 2.3 badge to the trunk lid - makes it look that much better. Bose is awesome. The rain-sensing wipers work great. The car rides and handles much better than the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic (yuk) we test drove.

Best Features

One-touch open sunroof, Bose, leather heated seats, rain-sensing wipers, styling, adjustable xenon headlights (very cool), air bags everywhere, steering wheel audio controls

Worst Features

Dash lighting controls are a little confusing and awkward. Need trunk release on the remote. Improve window controls to one-touch up/down on all. Mazda doesn't have a mirror compass that will work on this model yet.
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