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2006 Mazda Mazda3 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by grphillips

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Reviewed: 2006 Mazda Mazda3

4dr Sedan 160-horsepower 2.3L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Why the 2006 Mazda Mazda3?

Exterior styling

This is the car that the VW Jetta should have been. It is one of the nicest looking 4 door sedans I have ever seen. It is a relatively inexpensive, entry-level car, but Mazda went to great lengths to give it both the elegance and presence of a BMW.

Materials & workmanship

The car is built with care and attention to detail. The materials are well chosen, and the whole thing feels solidly built, inside and out. It feels like a much more expensive car, and any corner-cutting is well disguised.

Handling

The car handles like a dream. It is perhaps the nicest handling car at this price point - the steering is very responsive and the suspension is stiff enough to handle almost anything the road can throw at it. This is where you get the "sports car" feel.

Interior styling

The interior styling is not over the top, nor is it cheap-feeling. It is the perfect mix between functionality, and well-chosen materials that give it a much more expensive feel. The dash is a pure joy to look at.

Why Not the 2006 Mazda Mazda3?

Cargo capacity

There is no towing ability (the manual recommends against it), and the trunk, while large, is not as large as many competitors. The hatchback model is much more appropriate for those looking for more cargo room.

Rear seat room & comfort

The rear seat is very comfortable for small to average sized people, even for long trips. However, those with long legs will find themselves cramped for legroom. The low roof in the back adds to that cramped feeling.

Dealer practices

My dealership has been absolutely wonderful. However, some Mazda dealerships have a real reputation for being downright nasty when it comes to warranty claims and the like.

Quietness

It is loud. The road noise may bother some. I do not find it distracting at all, but older customers, or those accustomed to competitor models like the Corolla or Civic will notice a difference.

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