My mazda has been reliable on traveling long distance.The only thing is it is to small for a family of four to fit in on long trips. It would be great for a teenager or somebody that is single. It is great on gas. It has a great air conditioner. The sound system is great also.
I bought my car 11 years ago with only 7500 miles on it. Runs great except for its bad weather handling which has resulted in two accidents. Very unstable with snow on the ground. Handles like an ice skate. Both accidents put me right into the curb bending the tire inward. Each repair was $3000 or more. Nothing is cheap on the car if it needs to be replaced. Expect on spending at least $400 anytime you take this car in for something besides an oil change (e.g. oxygen sensor replacement,$800; axle boot replace,$450). The car runs well otherwise, especially in cold weather (irony). But after 115,000 miles, AC, tape player, power antenna, air bag, pneumatic trunk rest, door locks don't work.
Sleek look, good acceleration, good looking instrument panel. Has ALWAYS started on the first try, even in 20 below zero weather. Actually seems to have more pick-up during cold Chicago winters (not sure why). Handles like a dream on dry pavement. I will have a hard time letting this car go.
Spare parts and repairs are too expensive. Have had to replace the left front axle boot three times and the muffler four times. Battery has died on me twice. A little leg room in the back would be nice.
This car has not been a bad car to me. I did have to the replace the clutch once and axles twice, but the motor Is absolutely solid. Not a drip of anything, anywhere. The interior was not built well. My door panels are barely hanging on by a thread and the fabric on those panels are coming off the surface. The drivers seat does not like to be gotten in and out of a lot because it tends to tear on the left side. My center console started to fall off and my cupholder (the ONLY one in the car) won't come all the way out anymore. Backseat -- crammed, is the only way to put it. Don't try fitting someone over 5'5 in there or they were be hitting their head on the rear window everY 2 minutes.
Sunroof, 5 speed, sleek dash, reliable engine.
Use better parts when assembling the interior. It tends to fall apart. Rear trunk struts are worthless.
Bought this car a year ago. Put on about 25k miles on it so far. It's been a really good car. No major problems except a few things that the previous owner did (put a new engine in wrong). After i fixed his mistakes, the car ran like a dream, and still is. Pretty good on gas and fun to drive.