I used to have a small SUV, and driving around was boring. I never looked forward to it. Now, I just love driving my 6-speed manual Mazda3 Hatchback, even to and from work, and especially on curvy, hi...
I used to have a small SUV, and driving around was boring. I never looked forward to it. Now, I just love driving my 6-speed manual Mazda3 Hatchback, even to and from work, and especially on curvy, hilly roads! I think it handles even better than my husband's BMW.
I drive about 50% city and 50% highway. My overall gas mileage is about 25 mpg. Some other models in this class get way better mileage, but they don't have the performance you get with 167 HP! To ease my guilty green conscious, I have been more diligent about recycling....
I have the Grand Touring trim level, and I wish the leather seats were better quality. The leather feels hard, not supple. I also wish the sound system had a mute button. Otherwise, the interior layout is well-designed and ergonomic.
I debated between the Sport model and the Grand Touring model, and I am so glad I choose the Grand Touring. The automatic windshield wiper and the seat memory features are incredibly convenient, and the Xenon headlights really make a difference on very dark or curvy roads; the lights turn in the direction that you are turning, offering more illumination in the direction you are going.
I worried about downsizing from an SUV to a hatchback, but because the seats fold down very easily, I've found it to be amazingly versatile at carrying around large loads.
Overall, I just LOVE this car and am so happy I bought it!