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2007 Mazda Mazda3 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by mikeman075

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Reviewed: 2007 Mazda Mazda3

4dr Sedan 148-horsepower 2.0L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Why the 2007 Mazda Mazda3?

Handling

The Mazda3 is a very sharp handling car. Its easy to forget that your driving an affordable Japanese compact rather than European sports sedan. The tossible nature plus the virtual absence of body roll make for a very enjoyable drive.

Safety & braking

The four wheel disc antilock brakes work amazing well. Most of the magazines record very short stopping distances for this car, on par with sports cars. The pedal feel is firm and positive. While some safety equipment is optional the price to equip is low

Powertrain performance

Even though I have the "just" the 2.0L engine, I feel the power-band is excellent with plenty of torque to move the car from low speeds even in third gear. And the five speed manual gearbox is among the best in class. I also like the way it sounds.

Exterior styling

My Mazda 3 is the sedan version. I think in many ways it emulates the E46 BMW 3 Series. Considering the Mazda 3 is probably in its last year or so in its current form makes it even more impressive as the competition looks pretty frumpy. Timeless looks!

Fuel economy

I get around 28 city/ 34 highway MPG which is a lot better then my pig of a Nissan Maxima got! I feel given the overall performance and fun factor found here, the numbers are amazing.

This review was originally a two-car comparison review. Read the other half here.

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