2006 Mazda MAZDA3
There are 16 user reviews for the s Grand Touring 5-Door trim shown below
- Handling, sporty look and feel, isuperb shifter, nterior room
- Seats are not the best, Bose sound system substandard
The lease on my 2002 Altima ending in August, I have (had) been comparing the Honda Civic, the Mini Cooper and the Mazda 3 Hatchback. While initially taken with the looks of the Civic, I ended up rather bored by the car, even its looks. I was smitten by the Mini while living in NYC--it seems the perfect city car--but was underwhelmed when I finally drove one. Indeed, I found it to be something of a dog, (I must admit that I didn't try the supercharged "S" model, as I already have a speedy little car in my 2005 Honda S2000.) The Mazda 3 Hatchback Grand Touring (5 speed) ended up appealing both to my head and my heart, and the fact that my place of employment has a purchase plan with Mazda/Ford allowing me to get the car at invoice also influenced my choice. The 3 is nimble, great looking--I chose Copper Red--and has amenities usually found in more expensive cars. I read that some people are disappointed with fuel efficiency. I generally take it easy around town (I will, for example, coast up to stop lights and at particularly long ones, shut off the engine) and am regularly able get 28-30 mpg. Highway MPG come in right at the 32 estimate. I must say that the seats are not especially comfortable, but I have chronic lower back pain, so I don't expect much. Also on the con side, I find the amplifer in the Bose sound system to be underpowered, producing some rather nasty clipping on demanding orchestral passages; but, then again, I have never been one to confuse my car with my living room. All in all I am very happy with the Mazda 3. I recommend it enthusiastically.
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