2010 Mazda MAZDA3 User Reviews
i Touring 4-Door shown
- $7,741 - $11,321
- No trim specified for this review
Purchased As New
I've recently bought a loaded 2011 3 gt hatchback. To me the hatch is the only way to go. The sedan looks too plain and lacks the looks, sportiness and practicality that makes the hatch stand out. I had previously always leased luxury cars, mostly Lexus, and tossed them away 36 months later. But growing older and wiser, and stuck in the middle of uncertain times, I decided it was finally time to buy something that could satisfy me for the long haul. I was willing to downscale from Lexus, but not all the way to the econo bin.
So I wound up behind the wheel of this, the Mazda3 gt hatchback. Having a long love affair over the years with Lexus, I was seriously considering the new CT 200H hatchback, which looks an awfully like a Mazda3 hatchback to me. But there's simply no way to justify a $30K premium, a tag $10K more than the Mazda. The only thing better in the Lexus is the interior. It shines, obviously, but again, not enough to justify its hefty price and attempt to hide what it really is underneath: a fancy and very slow Prius. I expect much more from a Lexus, but it fails on the very sporty nature its designed to deliver.
I also considered a VW Golf. I believe the latest version, redesigned last year, is a beauty. But once again, by the time you pile on the options to transform it into something special, in either a TDI or GTI version, it's already tipping $30K. And there's no way any Golf is worth that much.
The Mazda's only weakness, in comparison, is its inferior interior. There's simply too much faux tinatium plastic all over the place. Should I actually get too caried away with loving the Mazda3, one touch of it reminds me it's only a Mazda. Others praise it - in comparison to a Corolla or Civic, sure - but it's not quite that praise worthy. Everything else, however, is: looks, fun, handling, overall bang for the buck. There's nothing else out there that doesn't look too cheap and still manages to comes with so much - leather, Bose, sunroof, 2.5L - for so little. And in the Real World, where price is the number one factor, the Mazda3 hatchback wins.
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