2006 Mazda MAZDA3
There are 16 user reviews for the s Grand Touring 5-Door trim shown below
- Slick Shifter, Great Engine, Fit and Finish
- Doesn't meet its EPA mileage estimates
I traded in my '97 Toyota Corolla for this great vehicle. Despite sharing many components with its sister-car, the Ford Focus, the Mazda 3 is quite possibly one of the best values in new cars available today.
Engine/Powertrain - The MZR 2.3L 4 Cylinder w/ VVT is a surprising powerplant, with ample torque through just about any gear. Power delivery through the 5 speed manual transmission is very smooth. Fuel consumption has been higher than expected, but since this is a brand-new vehicle, I would expect mileage to improve as the engine breaks in.
Body/Suspension - The suspension on this vehicle, though not harsh, is definitely firm. Body roll through tight corners is minimal and the resulting handling is confidence inspiring. Body fit and finish is remarkable for a Tier 3 Japanese vehicle, far exceeding the levels of its peers (Suzuki, Mitsubishi)
Interior - Interior fit and finish is excellent with tightly joined panels and minimal panel gaps. Surface textures are surprisingly upscale and the leather seating surfaces are reminiscent of European sports car offerings with less padding and additional side bolstering. The seats in general are very comfortable (the manual lumbar adjustment is a nice feature as well).
Overall, this vehicle is fantastic value and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in a small, economical vehicle that is well composed and handles with the best of its class. The upscale features of the Grand Touring model make it an obvious choice for those looking for a touch of class in their vehicles.
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