First off, I must say this isn't my car. Unfortunately, it is my brother's car. I just had to drive him to the airport about 35-40 miles away, and I took it for a leisure drive afterwards.
I have no clue where to even start on this car. Coming from a 2000 Passat (oh, and did I mention I am looking for a new car too?) to this car is like day and night. Yeah, I know it is comparing a new (or basically new) car to a used one, but in all honesty, they don't even compare.
The Mazda is just everything that a car SHOULD be: Sporty, sexy, luxurious, sleek, safe, and impressive.
Starting with the time I first turned the car on, the push start was a cool feature (or personally I thought it was cool).
The heated seats were amazing, and although they were stiff at first, once I adjusted the lumbar support, I basically sank into the seat.
The steering wheel mounted controls mixed with the Bose Sound System was just a good setup. Although I must admit, compared to other Bose Systems we have had in the past in previous cars, this one seems rather weak, and that is essentially my only complaint on this car.
The pickup of the car was unreal, the blind spot detector feature is great, and the autostick feature (like the one I had on my Passat, but better) gives you the chance to experience a more aggressive feel on the road.
The ride was great, I felt like I was driving on a cloud. Plus the thing seemed like it didn't take any gas through the whole trip (which round trip was about 90-95 miles when it was all said and done)... the needle on the gas gauge barely moved!
I just felt really safe and comfortable in the car, and if I could afford one, I would be all over it, but unfortunately I am just a broke college student who can't afford such a fine automobile. I have heard great things about Mazda in the past, and this just confirms it. ZOOM ZOOM!