So I know that this isn't in you list of cars you are considering, but I have been driving a 2012 Mazdaspeed3 since January of 2013. Bought with 17,000 miles. Has been a fantastic car for daily commuting and fun driving. Currently have about 62,000 miles on it, so I drive a lot and I have had zero problems so far. I have only had to put tires on it and change the oil. It is very quick, handles fabulously, averages about 26.5 MPG since I've gotten it and have gotten as high as 31 mpg.
Build quality is solid, no rattles or squeaks to speak of. Seats can get a little uncomfortable on long drives, but not too bad. Probably varies person to person. Ride is firm, but compliant. Not too jarring.
Love the practicality of the hatch though. Can fit a lot of stuff back there. Hope this helps. Good luck with your search!