Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Southern California
Evo owner, looking at Mazda 3 for girlfriend
Greetings from Orange County, California. I own a bone stock 2006 Evo IX SE that I bought brand new about six years ago and plan on keeping it forever. Anyway, my girlfriend is thinking of getting a new car, and the 2012 (depending on its availability at this point) and 2013 Mazda 3 hatchback is what she's set on, at least for the moment. She currently has a 2010 Toyota Corolla that she bought new in spring 2010, but she kind of wants something new.
Anyway, we got a chance to test drive a 2013 Mazda 3i Grand Touring this week. It was nice, but for the money, I think I may try to sway my girlfriend toward the standard Touring model, since the only thing she really cared for that the Grand Touring model offered over the Touring model was the heated seats (and not the leather, navi, Bose audio, etc.), which I think she can live without.
I like the car, but like I've read in some reviews, the automatic doesn't seem to downshift unless you really punch the gas pedal, and at that point, it's an abrupt action and seems to skip a lot of gears (or at least a big ratio spread). But of course that can be avoided if you just shift it yourself manually (which I tend to do anyway in her car), though I doubt my girlfriend can grasp that concept. That aside, I think it's really what I'd like her to get over the other car she was considering (Toyota Prius C), so we'll see how her finances are and also how good of a deal we can get on the car and on her trade-in, if she goes that route.
Originally, she was planning on getting a car later on, as we were thinking of waiting for the 2014 Audi A3 AWD Sportback (assuming they decide to sell it in the U.S.), but she seems to want something now and may not want to obligate herself to a $30k+ car at this point in her life and career.
Anyway, thanks ahead of time... I'm looking forward to reading about people's experiences with the car. The Skyactiv motor has always been really interesting to me, especially with that combination of hp, torque and mpg.