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2006 Mazda 3 Hatchback

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Almost perfect
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By Aliona
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2006 Mazda 3 Hatchback s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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I needed a compact wagon, Mazda3 seemed to be the best in this class in March 2006. I enjoy driving it, although it aannoyingly falls short of expectations while there seems to be no reason not to make it perfect.


Best Features

Responsive, powerful and fun to drive. Very stable at high speeds.


Worst Features

Clock occasionally gets behind by 20-30 minutes for no reason. Not enough range in telescopic steering wheel for a short woman. Fuel economy on the highway (~25mpg) is worse than in the mix of highway and city (~28.5 mpg). Foot rest needs rubber plate. Fan on windshield should not always have the AC on.


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I should have waited for the '07 3Speed
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By louisvilleMazda
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2006 Mazda 3 Hatchback s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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It looks quicker than it is but it still outperforms the competition. A great platform to build a nice street racer. You cant find a sportier compact wagon for the money.


Best Features

Looks razor sharp inside and out, great wheels, cluster, stereo, handles like an Indy car, just doesn't get you there as fast.


Worst Features

Definitely needs traction control (not an option), and a supercharger standard. It should be much more punchy for the gas it uses.


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ALMOST perfect
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By vman
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2006 Mazda 3 Hatchback s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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Great all around car. Handles like a dream (Volvo S40 underpinnings). Brakes like a roller coaster. Quick revving engine. Auto transmission is eager to downshift, sometimes too eager. Only gripes, no MP3 input and mileage from EPA overstated. If you are considering a Civic, Corolla or a Rabbit, get your head examined. They are a joke. If you are looking at a Civic Si, look at the MazdaSpeed 3. No comparing the two.


Best Features

Looks. Handling, braking, engine and build quality. Comfort (excellent but not overdone bolstering on the front seats).


Worst Features

Better mileage. MP3/aux jack.


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Easily the best compact for the money
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By James
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2006 Mazda 3 Hatchback s 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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I fell in love with the car when it first came out, replacing the interesting Protege 5 with a more substantial car with a much beefier engine. The Mazda3 5-door brings fun, quality, and style to the compact market without sacrificing price and fuel economy too much. I tend to get 23-27MPG in the city with fairly aggressive acceleration. The seats in the 5-doors are a high quality cloth, with a great look and feel. I am tall at 6'2", and I fit comfortably in the driver seat. I even have it forward a click, and if I do not recline my seat too much, I can get a 6 foot person behind me. Much more room than my friend's 04 Jetta. Overall, it is a great car with features and quality to boot.


Best Features

The engine and manual transmission are outstanding. The car is very confident, even at high speeds. The 5 door comes standard with many features such as 17" alloy, great lights, power everything, and a good stereo. BTW, the handling is amazing, especially for front wheel drive.


Worst Features

The AC can take a little longer than average to cool when it has been sitting in the FL sun for hours. I would like to see better gas mileage for it's HP, maybe 28/34 instead of 26/31.


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ZOOM CUBED
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By Steve
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2006 Mazda 3 Hatchback s Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


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Handles tight. Good acceleration for a 4/automatic. Gas mileage...25 in town with a/c on; 28 without a/c; 30-32 hwy. Comfortable seats, front and back. Easy controls. Oil filter is a dealer/autoshop job, as requires a special tool and the filter is not the standard metal jacketed filter (think naked filter, needs a gasket too).


Best Features

Handling is wonderful. Good headlights. Good interior space for a small car.


Worst Features

Oil filter should be a normal, change it yourself filter. A little noisy on low speed tight turns (scraping noise?), Floor mats are thin and cheap.


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