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Pontiac Vibe Drivers impression of the Mazda 3

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I work at a Nuclear Physics laboatory and interact with many people from around the world. There are several German folks throughout the lab. One coworker of mine is a German and an automobile fanatic. If he isn't buying a car, he is helping someone else buy a car or lending advice in such endevors. Several weeks ago, his wife hit a deer and he was in need of a new ride. He purchased a Pontiac Vibe as soon as he got the insurance check. He had a chance to drive my wife's 3 today and was thouroghly impressed. some of his quotes are paraphrased as follows:

Too much horespower, but that's like having too much cash.
Smooth ride.
Shifts much better than my Vibe.
I like it.
Great excelleration.

Now you may ask why he bought a Vibe in the first place if he knows so much about cars. One, he needed a vehicle in a hurry. Two, he has a GM Visa card and had a lot of cash towards a GM product. Three, he has a disturbing need to be involved in a car buying situation.

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I think it's more the height vs width ratio:

Odyssey: 0.92
Matrix: 0.87
Civic Si: 0.85
Mazda3: 0.835
Murcielago: 0.555 :shock:

Even more telling is the height vs front track ratio:

Odyssey: 1.054
Matrix: 1.017
Civic Si: 0.98
Mazda3: 0.96

As an aside, the Odyssey's interior cargo width is 66.7, same as the Civic Si's exterior width. If the Si was short enough, you can park one in the back of an Odyssey with the mirrors folded..
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