2007 Mazda 3 - Pleasing, Reliable Compact
Coolant leak in early 2012, bad gasket at engine, repair cost roughly $250 mostly labor, including refill with new coolant.
Check engine light came on in 2009, covered by warranty, PCV not working properly, components replaced (would have cost several hundred out of pocket, so very good that the warranty covered it).
The 2007 Mazda 3 is a high quality Japanese vehicle (made in Japan), built on a frame engineered by Volvo.
It provides wonderful cornering, with a firm European style ride. The firm ride is something I like, having previously owned a Volvo and a VW. But if you prefer the cushy ride common in American nameplate autos, you may find the experience a bit rough.
The 2.0 engine I have is a great size for this vehicle. It provides very good fuel economy (mid 20s in city, mid 30s on highway) along with more than enough - but not exceptional - power. The power is better than you'll find in most econoboxes.
The automatic transmission is Tiptronic, meaning you can if you prefer choose to select the gear you are in. I quite like this feature - I use it nearly all the time.
This compact is as large as you can get and still be considered a compact. Despite this, the trunk is slightly small versus some of the competition. The driver's seat and front passenger seat are very comfortable, the driver's seat especially has many adjustment options. The rear seating is better than many compacts, but an adult or even teenager sitting back there will not forget they are in a compact.
I have the black-based interior, which is aesthetically very pleasing IMO. The glove compartment is HUGE.
The keyfob does not include a trunk release, which is a pain.
Not all models come with side airbags and anti-lock brakes. If you are very concerned about safety, make sure you check out if the car you're interested in has these features.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th February, 2013