So, after I kind of reamed the Mazda6 in a previous blog post, I was much relieved to get a an all-new 2010 Mazda3 in my parking spot this week.
This is my kind of Mazda! Plucky, zippy, attractive, petite, decent turning radius. In other words: The perfect Chicago vehicle.
I've always loved the Mazda3 for it's economical price ($16,045) and it's compact size. So, I'm glad to see that Mazda only made a good thing better for 2010.
The exterior styling is a little more racy, yet the interior maintains a sleek simplicity.
One thing I particularly enjoy as a petite driver: the manual height adjustable seats. This gives a great sit height which translates into excellent visibility.
Unlike the Mazda6, the Mazda3's usage of the 4-cylinder engine is perfect. It's the right size engine for the right size car. Not to mention the fact that engine noise doesn't seem to be as obnoxious as it was in the Mazda6. Don't know if that's just me being mental ... but it really does seem to be the case.
Another bonus to the city driver: Fuel economy that rings in at 24/33 mpg.
Do you have a favorite city driver? What is it and why do you love it?