The car feels great and handles very well. It can take corners very easily and has a great turning radius. But if you're going fast you can feel the back slide ot a little as you turn. The ride is comfortable and the seats provide a lot of support espcially side support. Pick is pretty decent too.
love the interior and the finish. Dosen't look cheap at all. The back lighting of the dials and speedometer is well thought out. The lines on the car looks good too. The car isn't too beefy but still looks sporty.
Just wish it had a 6 speed insteaad of 4 speed gearbox. Pricing is a little high too.
Great looking dash
Interior has a nice finish
Handles very well
Car feels very light
4 speed gearbox only
Feel that the car is a little overpriced
Given the overwhelming success of the previous 3, the new 2009 model will undoubtedly be under intense scrutiny as to whether it can live up its name to the outgoing model. Mazda has done well again making the new 3 as fun to drive due to the almost unchanged underlying platform other than the use of high strength steel and retuned suspension. That saying the Mazda 3 has improved body control without any additional road harshness. The steering remains communicative and confidence-inspiring, while the amount of vibration transmitted to the driver's hands has been reduced.
The biggest change of the new Mazda 3 is on the visual front. It has an all new exterior and interior despite the virtually unchanged dimensions. The smiley front end has garnered mixed reactions but the explanation from Mazda was one of practical purpose Ė to maximize aerodynamics to increase fuel economy and to decrease wind noise. The flared wheel arches are similar to those seen on the Mazda family and tail light resembles its older brother the Mazda 6.
The interior of the new 3 is less controversial. The cabin is more sophisticated and plusher than before, with refined shapes and expansive pieces of black and toned plastic. The illumination also gives the 3 its usual sporty feel.
The 3 also sets itself apart from competitors with the availability of features normally not found in sedans of its class. Its option list includes bi-xenon headlight, 3 position memory functions for the powered seats, premium Bose sound system, rain sensing wipers, Bluetooth capability, keyless entry and engine start system, heated seats and side mirrors.
The only things I could really fault about the new 3 is the ride which is a little too firm, the interior controls being too complicated and it could definitely do with more passenger room and boot space. We are also looking at a price tag that places it within the range of a Civic or a Jetta which also has plenty to offer too.
XF was just too nice. This new M3 is just too overpriced. For the money, the Golf TSi with its DSG, great driving characteristics plus FC would be a better buy. Check with previous owners of the Mazda 3 where prices nosedived after just a year and they lose more money just to chase for the latest models. The Honda Civic and VWs hold their pricing better. asdzds