"This car is almost flawless. I bought it new, it's reliable and handles great. The maintenance for every 5000 miles is very affordable, around $100. The mileage averages 36mpg. My only issue with the car is how cramped I feel in the driver's seat. I'm 5'8" and I can't sit straight up, my legs also cannot fully extend. The visibility is also kind of an issue. It helps that there are lights on the mirrors when someone is in your blindspot, but parking and changing lanes is still more difficult than in my old SUV. Overall it's a really good car though in terms of handling, safety, reliability and price."
Pros: "Cheap alternative to STI, has similar HP as EVO"
Cons: "Seats are very stanced for long drives"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Torquey and always wants more. It is highly de-tuned from the factory. So I suggest an Accessport to unlock its full potential.
Gears 1-3 are limited and gas mileage is poor if you are romping it around. Get around 31mpg with careful highway driving.
Downside is the heavy steering, other wise grips the road."
"Mazda makes a sporty, peppy ride in this 2012 Mazda 3. The fuel efficiency is terrific: I get about 30 mpg, up to 36 on longer highway runs. My biggest complaints about mine are that it didn't come with cruise control, and it's just too small for me. The trunk is roomy, but access dimensions prevent loading any actual furniture in it, and the back doors are likewise lacking in height/ width to allow
Hauling anything remotely oversized."
Cons: "Road noise, relatively high revs at highway speeds"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"What a fantastic little car! We are a Mazda family with 7 vehicles and safety, road holding and fun to drive is always our criteria. This car feels heavier and has more roll than the Protege I had before but it is much more comfortable - especially on the longer trips.
The 2.0 engine is very peppy and the stick-shift allows one to handle busy traffic with ease.
The way the car feels "on you" is second to none. My daily commute includes a stretch of freeway, a school zone and a residential area. Nothing better for a daily commuter in my opinion.
The only drawback is that you DO feel the extra load on the engine when running the A/C or when other adult/s is/are in the car and the engine sounds like it's revving a little high on the freeway. Road noise could be better."