"FUN, FUN, FUN car to drive!"5.0 starson by fencer55
Pros: Great pickup, awesome cornering, a sports car disguised as an economy car! Bose 10 speaker centerpoint stereo sounds fantastic! Bluetooth built in allows you to make hands free calls AND stream stereo from your iphone or android phone to the stereo
Cons: A little noisy in the highway, and the back seat is pretty small. I hear the nav system sucks, but the tech package isn't worth the extra $1200 anyway!
Summary: If you want a really fun to drive car at a low price, the Mazda 3 Sport Grand Touring is a great value. I drive mine like a sports car and rarely take it on the highway, so I average 17 mpg. When I do take a trip, it gets about 32 mpg on the freeway. The 17" wheels make the ride a little rough, but it pays you back with awesome cornering ability and fast stops. This car has all the little extras that you usually only find on the high end brands like Lexus, Acura, and Infinity. The Sport Grand Touring hatchback only comes with the 2.5L engine which is a kick when you floor it. The adaptive headlamps swivel in the direction you are turning, pretty cool. I got the Sirius radio with mine, plus the bluetooth controls on the steering wheel let me listen to Pandora and Slacker radio without any cords through the Bose 10 spkr stereo. The power drivers seat gives plenty of room for my 6'4" frame and adjustable steering column easily accommodates me and my 5'4" wife. All leather seats and interior is refined and sporty, the seats give great support and hold you in place during the high-g turns in a cloverleaf at 55 mph! Like I said super fun to drive.Oh, btw, traction control is terrific in snow or slick roads, antilock breaks, heated seats, dual climate control, rain sensing wipers, heated power mirrors, tire pressure indicator, 17" rims, ipod adapter, sirius radio, automatic light sensing headlights, lighted vanity mirrors, etc., etc.
Updated on Mar 8, 2011