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Pros: handling, 33-35 mpg, and excellent looks
Cons: carpet, seats need updated to better qualityGreat looks. Paint is excellent quality/ Holds up great in Arizona sun where most paints fade quickly. Excellent gas mileage. Consistently 33 - 35 mpg on freeway. Handling is surprisingly precise with little to no body roll. No mechanical issues at all with 61,000 on odometer. Interior carpet and seats are of fair quality but for price of vehicle I thought they seem a little 'cheap'. Overall I would buy another.
Cons: the dashboardgood safe car
Best reasonably priced car I have owned.
Pros: zoom zoom (manual transmission).
Cons: trade off of power for milage (good though).I could not be happier with my Mazda3. Their is truth to the zoom zoom thing even in the inexpensive fairly low powered Mazda3. I get great milage, it's fun to drive and with 40,000 miles on it the only problem I have had was with one of the tire pressure warning stems.. It looks nice and feels great on the road.