2006 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: Cheap Thrills

2006 Mazda 3 - Consumer Review

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

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Cheap Thrills
By Agent Smith on


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


This is a terrific car. Outstanding chassis and suspension and tight steering lead to amazing handling and stability. The ride is firm but not harsh. The 2.3L 4 cyl runs strong. I love the 5 sp auto-stick. In 2nd and 3rd gears it pulls like crazy, maxing out the torque. For a small car, it feels very solid on the interstate at speed. Disappointments include gas mileage in city @ 20 mpg; original tires wore out at 20,000 mi; and I just replaced the rotors at 25,000 mi. re: rotors, ironically, the pads were fine. Otherwise zero issues. I would buy another one in a heartbeat.

Best Features

5 spd auto-stick; hatch/utility

Worst Features

Get rid of the red/orange dials - hard to read.
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