Got ours in January. Some observations...
We were all set to buy a Honda Element (in-laws have one), but I just couldn't get past the fact that it's strictly a 4-seater, Plus I didn't think we really had to drop $20K+ on a new vehicle, so I talked the wife into considering alternatives. I considered the Mazda 3 5-door, Kia Spectra 5, Suziki Forenza wagon, the upcoming Nissan Versa hatchback (last 3 for price more than anything), plus I threw in the new Toyota FJ Cruiser as a possibility (instantly turned down). Actually got her to the Mazda dealer to look at the 5, and although she still preferred the Element, she agreed the 5 was the more practical choice for us (toddler plus 7-year-old) so we ended up getting a Touring w/ automatic (she can't drive a stick, damnit) without the NAV system (does anyone need that crap?).
All in all, a great vehicle. Why the hell isn't Mazda marketing this thing? I hadn't seen one, or even heard of it, until I went to the Mazda site to check into the 3 5-door.
A few rants and raves...
And neither here nor there, but what's with the optional MiniDisc player? Does ANYONE use that format?
Re: Got ours in January. Some observations...
Hmm, now I see that the Japan market even has an AWD version, that would be nice to have too, along with the NORMAL tail lights (don't really care for the "altezza" style) on most trim levels there.
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