The 2017 Mazda3 sedan and hatchback break the mold for compact cars and set new standards for the segment. Fuel-efficient and a blast to drive, the Mazda3 is a reasonably priced small car filled with high-end features, a handsome interior and offers an advanced set of safety and driver-assist features more commonly found on high-end luxury cars.
The dual temp control is nice because you can set it to what you like.
I have had this car for a little over a year and put about 5000 miles on the car and have had no issues with it. The car performs well under normal conditions. Although I have found out that since the car is lower to the ground than the previous cars I have owned before (SUV) I noticed in heavy rain hydroplaning is pretty common. In snow my car handles well and haven't noticed any unusual problems. The comfort in my car is good I have noticed that if I am driving for more than 2 hours without breaks my butt does get a little sore. I love my heated seats, GPS, dual temperature control. I also love that my car has the controls on the steering wheel so I do not have to take my eyes off the road to change the station on the radio and of course when the radio gets too repetitive I can turn on Bluetooth and listen to the music off of my phone. Another amazing feature that this car has is hands free talk, when people call me when I am driving it comes up on the screen in the car and I can use the control knob in the center council to answer the call and drive legally. Some states you cannot talk on the phone and drive but this allows me too because I will have both of my hands still on the wheel. Also on my navigation it tells me where the nearest gas stations and restaurants are and I use that a lot while I travel back and forth to home. Overall I love my car and wouldn't want to trade it in anytime soon it has for sure been my best car.
I named it Derek because I am often annoyed by it.
Seat is not very comfortable (neck support is awkward). Noisy cabin when going above 55. Sounds aggressive when I step on the gas so some idiot tries to race me every other day. I think anyone above 5'6 would fit in tight in driver's seat. I have the grand touring model so nice sound quality and does have decent trunk space. Interior is good. Hard to find a nicer interior at this price point. The door handle interior area does pick up smudges and scratches. I haven't even taken off the clear plastic off around the drive stick to prevent scratches. Some of the chrome finishes will help randomly blind you when the sun hits it (worst idea). I feel the car tends to overheat or it could be due to how I drive. Even a year in, there's an intermittent burning smell that cannot be from the engine sealant to protect during shipping as customer svc told me. Also, auto setting for headlights always utilizes high beams. The headlights only is weak. Auto will turn both on blinding everyone and causing road rage from other drivers.
Like mentioned before it picks up pretty fast compared to other vehicles.
Mazda 3 has been very reliable so far. I bought it brand new. Manual stick shift. The only thing that I see as an issue is that the stick shift sometimes gets stuck and I have to move it around. Also another part that is a little annoying is that it is a keyless car which is awesome. But the issue is that you still have to unlock the door with the alarm remover. When I had a Nissen there was a button on the door that allowed keyless entry. So I always have to remember to have the key on my hand to unlock and lock the door. I like the way the car picks up compared to other cars that I have had. I do not have to press the accelerator too hard which is great.
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