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Pros: stability controlI loved it, served me well, had a few problems with service and the brakes but other than that, car was overall a great little car.
Pros: steering wheel radio controls, horsepower compared to civic/corolla
Advice: finance it through MazdaI love my new Mazda, it handles good, it's peppy, it's sporty, has more horsepower than most other small cars. Mazda's very competitive financing was great! I really like my 3 alot, I'd reccommend it to anyone.
Pros: The buttons for the radio are conveniently located on the steering wheel
Advice: I love mine and I highly recommend this car to anyone looking for a great car at a low priceAlthough it's a 4-cylinder it rides like a 6-cylinder. Very smooth and sporty feel. You also have the option to drive the car in manual mode if you prefer.
Pros: Loaded with extras that are standard.
Cons: Stock CD player does not play mp3s - But has Aux input for mp3 player in armrest.
Advice: Look around first so you will appreciate this car when you buy it... and you will buy it.My wife and I looked at alot of cars in this class. We found the Mazda3 I Sport to have everything we were looking for and most of it was standard. It out handles everything we looked at. The look inside and out is very sharp and sporty - nothing looks cheap on this car. The dealer (Seacoast Mazda) was fair about the purchase price and the trade-in. Between the car itself and the dealer it was without a doubt the best car buying experience I have ever had - and I've had quit a few. Great car!!!