2006 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: Most Fun for the money

2006 Mazda 3 - Consumer Review

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s Touring Sedan (2.3L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Most Fun for the money
By Rogracin on


2006 Mazda 3 s Touring 4dr Sedan (2.3L 4cyl 5M)


This is only the second new car we ever bought. The first was a 1988 Mazda MX6 GT and that car is still my daily driver (230K) so yes I am partial to Mazda. It was a little sluggish off the line until I installed a K&N air filter. Not sure what people are talking about saying they have poor MPG but don't forget the K&N filter! I would buy this car all over again!The original Eagle GT RSA tires were super hard and undriveable in any type snow. The replacement ContiPro's ride and look much better but there is a slight roll over the sidewalls on very aggressive cornering. The interior is a little cheap like the sun visors and I gave a 8 on the build quality because I have a weird quirk where the radio does not always turn off with the car. Mazda has not traced down. Great car for the money!

Best Features

Love the gun metal gray color and the looks of the car. For a cost of $17k plus change wow! Super quick brakes, side air bags, all around fun to drive. Cool headlights and tail lights

Worst Features

A higher top gear on the car. I pull over 3,000 rpm at 70 mph in 5th gear. Could pull some better MPG, I average 32 MPG all around.
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