Change the tires!
The Mazda 3 treated me really well for about 2 and a half years. The interior is comfortable - I never got tired of it. However, by the second year, the stock tires were almost completely bald. Under a lease, one would not expect this kind of low quality, which I hadn't.
And then it happened. A light rain began (I may have had 27,000 miles on my car) one night in November when my car suddenly span out on a major highway and went right into a guard rail. Beware of this car, unless you plan on replacing the stock tires after about a year and a half. Mazda royally screwed me with charges when I returned this lease.
Handles very well.
Great car on the inside.
But beware of the stock tires!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 23rd July, 2010