2005 Mazda MAZDA3 User Reviews
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- $4,905 - $5,949
- No trim specified for this review
- excellent performance, hatchback utility, FUN to drive, best value in its class
- Disappointing fuel economy, ride can be a bit rough, rear visibility could be better
I've had my Mazda3 Sport for about half a year now, and it's been great. Mazda has definitely shaken up the compact car market with this car - this certainly isn't an econobox.
The 3 has excellent performance. It's really a thrill to drive. Steering is tight and precise, and the 2.3 litre engine provides plenty of pickup - even with an automatic transmission. It takes tight corners beautifully, and parking has never been easier. The car does exactly what I want it to do, when I want to do it.
I highly recommend spending the extra money and getting the hatchback. I had to move across the country a few months ago, and was amazed - AMAZED - by how much the car could hold with the seats folded down.
I have only a few minor complaints. Although the car's tight suspension contributes to its overall "sportiness", the ride can get pretty rough on bumpy roads. Also, I don't know if it's the same with the sedan, but rear visibility out of the hatchback isn't as good as maybe it ought to be.
Perhaps my biggest issue with the 3 is that I bought it with the hope that switching to a small car from an 11-year-old Mercury Sable gas guzzler would ease my pain at the pumps. Honestly, though, I don't think I've really saved all that much. It's not all that impressive on gas, and especially pales in comparison to the Civic or Corolla.
But I guess every car comes with its pros and cons, and so far it seems as though the former still outweigh the latter. The Mazda3 truly has a lot to offer, and for the money you pay, I don't think you can get anything better.
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