2005 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: Love it, love it, love it!

2005 Mazda 3 - Consumer Review

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SP23 Special Edition 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Love it, love it, love it!
By Bill on


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


In 25 years of car owning, this is by far the most fun car I have ever owned. After nearly two years of ownership, I still cannot believe I paid well less than $20k for a car that drives like a sports car. Acceleration is great, it's comfortable and quiet on my daily 45-minute combined city and highway commute (on which I average 29 MPG). I would buy this car over again in a minute. Previous cars: Two Accords, a Golf, and Rabbit.

Best Features

Acceleration and handling are top notch. Also love the radio controls on the steering wheel. The cloth seats feel great: just enough grip, but not too much. Cruise control, which I use everyday on the highway, works perfectly. Strong brakes. Honestly, cannot say enough good things about the car

Worst Features

Hmmmm, honestly can't think of any...
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