Great for everyone
Nothing wrong with the car yet, but I've only owned it a month.
You've got to hand it to Mazda with this one: good looking, good performance, comfortable high quality interior, reasonable price.
The driving position is high, the ride is smooth and quiet and the performance is more than sufficient, but not astonishing. It is not the greatest of fun to drive (even with the 2.3 engine) but has a balance that will please everyone. What it lacks in sportiness, it make up for with plenty of room for occupants and storage in the hatch. Quality and interior finishing can be compared with some of the finer luxury compact vehicles.
My advice: With the sedan, no one will complain with the 2.0 engine, but any Mazda 3 model will make you happy so long as you aren't expecting a WRX.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th April, 2005