"It's fast, it's comfortable, and the Bose speakers are the bomb diggity. For a small car, it's pretty spacious and can accommodate my 2 growing kids and husband with ample room to spare. Surprisingly, my kids prefer the comfort of my Mazda3 over my husband's BMW 650i. That right there says a LOT."
Cons: "small,headrests are uncomfortable, feel everything"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"so i got a stick thinking i was going to live in the country and drive into town for work. well i bought a house in town after, and i don't like driving a manual in town anymore. the headrests are my only other complaint. i know all new cars are like this now, but it is so uncomfortable for a 5'3" person. the car is ok otherwise, but im thinking of something just slightly bigger. its so tiny. im the only one in it most times, but im thinking of the future if i have kids. seems too small."
"Having owned almost every brand of small car on the road after the past 20 years, Mazda was the next up after all the great reviews by journalists and peers alike. I have to admit that I purchased the car solely on the fact that I couldn't find a bad review anywhere, not realizing what the real world fuel mileage was..doh! Fortunately, fuel mileage was not an issue at all for me since my daily commute is just 10 miles. I originally went to the dealer to buy used, but when they talked me into a test drive of the then new 2010 model, I was sold instantly. The comparisons to BMW are well deserved. The handling and smooth engine are the best in the class. I will admit that road noise and ride firmness are a little more than others in the same class, but not so much to completely deter someone from buying this sporty hatch. You could buy a Civic for the mileage and soft ride, but it will never give you the performance satisfaction that a Mazda3 delivers everyday. I have never owned a car that I just wanted to get in and just drive somewhere everyday, even if for no reason. So if you're looking for a sporty small car that's not just the same old boring econobox, the Mazda3 is the car for you."