"Most zoom for the money"5.0 starson by kes4927
Pros: Extremely fun to drive
Decent gas mileage if you can restrain yourself
Cons: More rattles than my previous Mazda3 S hatch, most likely due to the stiffer suspension.
Summary: This car is a joy to drive; every single time you get in and start it up you will congratulate yourself on your astute car acumen. The great thing about it is you don't have to beat on it to enjoy it, it is very satisfying to drive like a normal car but knowing about the vast reserves of power at your disposal is like money in the bank.
Hardly anyone will recognize the supercar capability, so if you want a car that says "Look at me" this is definitely not it. This works in your favor when you blow the doors off almost everything else on the road. Good utility with the hatchback. This is probably the most fun car you can buy that can be used as a daily driver, but if you drive in winter conditions snow tires are a must.
My best gas mileage has been just over 29 with all highway driving and 20 when beating the crap out of it, averaging 24 overall which is not much below what I got with my 2006 3s hatchback. For some reason, the trip computer gas mileage reads about 2 mpg high so you should check the mileage yourself to get accurate readings.
The Mazdaspeed3 is a helluva car for the money.