My experience with my 2011 Mazda 3.
I love my car so much! It has been the perfect basic car to have at the beginning of my driving experience. I learned how to drive stick in it and have been driving it for 3 years now! It was really easy to learn on with the clutch not being super challenging. Now I can drive any stick car, so it all works out will. It has only had a few minor issues, like the starter issue. We got the starter replaced and then it did not have any issues after with it. When it is cold sometimes it will sputter, but when its nice out or a little chilly there have been no issues. It also drives well going long distances. I have driven it all of the way up to Washington for school from the California bay area. It was a very comfortable drive and all of my school stuff was able to fit well. It lasted about 13 hours total. We have used to for some short road trips and it has been great. The turning radius has been good also and I have been able to park real well. I would only wish that it would have a little bit more power. I want to have the power to floor it and actually speed up a good amount, but so far it does not go too fast. I plan on buying more with the company for future cars and hope that they continue to have great craftsmanship and keep making better looking cars. When I see the new models I want to buy a new one already!