With the cost of gas being so high, I had to make sure that I traded my Saturn in for a four cyclinder model. I didn't want to be eaten up with the cost of gas. It's outrageous and I found out that the four cyclinders tend to get the better gas mileage. The Mazda3 is really great on gas mileage. I noticed that right away, I'm getting better mileage than our Ford Truck or the old Saturn that I had. That is a definite plus for me.
Another thing that I like is the simplicity of the Mazda3. I got the stick shift. It's been a long time since I drove a stick but the Mazda3 is definitely the way to go. The clutch is very forgiving. I can drive it with ease. I never thought that I would be able to say that about any stick shift. But the Mazda3 is very easy to shift and get around town in.
I love the silver color. With all the pollen and dust in season right now, I thought it would show dirt badly. So far, it has done great on not showing a ton of dirt. I love the color and think that with my future cars, I'll stick with the same color scheme.