2013 mazda3 i touring hatch checking in
Been looking for the past year for a car that is affordable, reliable, and is good on fuel. The mazda3 i was the car for me. One of my other criteria was that I had to have a hatchback or a wagon. This narrowed my search to the mazda3, honda fit, subaru, and nissan versa. Went out and test drove all of these. I would rank them as mazda, subaru, fit, versa. Used subarus were quite a bit of money and don't live in a area that would benefit from having AWD so I cut that from the list. The versa felt really cheap and in order for you to have power windows and locks, you were looking at a similar priced fit which got similar mpg while feeling much more refined. I don't have kids and maybe have people in my back seat twice a year so the smaller back seat on the mazda didn't bother me one bit. Once I drove the mazda, I knew this was going to be the car. It was fun to drive, and had so much more that the other cars didn't have. The car we ended up getting had 27k miles on it, came with the bose package, sunroof, blindspot monitoring, keyless entry, blindspot monitoring, and dual climate control. We bought it with the auto trans and in the grey mica that I wanted and got it for 14,900, still less than I would have payed for the other cars and this car just out classes them. I understand that the fit and the versa really aren't fair to compare but there is so little options out there for hatchbacks. With my wife driving it most the time, she gets 35mpg in her 50/50 city/highway driving. When I drive it, I typically get 37mpg with 30/70. Really curious how it does on longer trips.
We plan on paying this car off this year and are keeping an eye out for the next car that will be replacing one of our others. Since we will see an influx of new models, we will have to see what our thoughts are on them before committing to another mazda3. Some of the cars we are looking forward to test driving is the new mazda2, cx-3, and the honda hr-v.