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Fantastic first car or commuter

Edmunds.com logo Edmunds.com 4/19/2015 braydenm

I bought this car used, with about 80,000km. I drive cars pretty hard, and put a lot of miles on as I do about 600km a week commuting. This car has served me well, I kept it for 4 years and in that time racked up over 115,000km. Never had a single thing break on me, despite abuse. Most reliable car I've owned. The car is an absolute joy to drive, feels so much better than all its competitors in the same class and looks better too. The 5 door hatch is incredibly practical and with the 2.3i4 its surprisingly peppy. Great car overall, I'd definitely buy another.

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Favorite Feature : Great power for a 4 cylindervery practical with folding seats and hatchFun car to drive, makes you smile going around corners.Incredible reliabilityMazda dealers are friendly, and inexpensive to maintainNever had to replace anything, but inexpensive parts compared to almost every other foreign brandInterior nicely laid out and class exclusives at the time like rain sensing wipers, and very bright projector headlights. Ridiculous giant glove box, you could literally fit a couple full size laptops in there with room to spare for the hefty owners manual!Did I mention practical???

Suggested Improvement : MPG is good, but for a 4 cylinder small car with low weight could be better. Suspension is with no doubt about it stiff. I enjoy tight suspension in a way because its gives you a better feeling of control, but definitely bumpy.Tires on GT and touring models (205-50-17s) get eaten like crazy, and are quite expensive compared to other sizes. I put 215-50-17s and they seemed to be a tiny bit better in terms of pricing and availabilityMazda uses thin metals which dent very easily, and noticeably in parking lots.

Average Rating : 4.5

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