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Anyone own a Mazda 3 hatchback? How do you like it?

I need a new car... am considering a Mazda 3 S Grand Touring 5 door - maunual transmission, of course - with a few extras, namely the sunroof package and the navigation system. I need a small, fuel effecient car with great gas mileage (and a trunk space capable of holding the 13' little giant ladder) that isn't a snore to drive. All of my research says a Mazda 3 is the way to go, but I'd like to hear from actual owners about the cars' handling and performance.

I currently drive a race modified '96 VW Jetta III... it won't take a Mustang in a straight line, but I can corner at speed with perfect drift. :) And, yes, I do know that there are much more fuel efffecient cars out there, but the journey is just as important as the destination... no Kias or any other A-B cars allowed. As in, a car that is completely boring to drive but will get you from point A to point B just fine.

Thank you for your time, I appreciate your input...

Best Answer...


Hey, hipcat! I saw your answer in the VW category and it led me here. Like you, I LOVE to drive, and I'll be 40 next week! I'm currently on my 3rd VW Golf 5-speed, all of which were purchased new and driven beyond 150,000 miles on the original clutch. My 2000 model just passed that milestone, and since I drive about 600 miles per week, I'm considering replacing it and have also been looking at Mazda.

Where we differ is that I'm looking to go bigger because I have a 15 year old son who's on the basketball team, so I need room for him and his friends. So I'm waiting for the Mazda CX-7 to come out so I can test drive it. I took a trip to the New York Auto Show just to see it in person, and while I was there, I saw the new VW RABBIT! It's better looking than the Jetta and GTI, because they did the grille differently. It will be available this summer - so if you're looking for a hatchback, I highly recommend it.

I went through the car wash yesterday, and there was a Mazda 6 in front of me and an RX-8 behind me, so I asked each of those drivers how they liked them, and both emphatically said they love the car and it's fun to drive. Unfortunately, neither of them drives as many miles as we do, so I couldn't get insight on distance driving and maintenance issues.