The Mazda3 is an attractive, premium small car at a reasonable price. Recently redesigned, it boasts a strong structure for good handling. The Mazda 3 costs more than its direct competitors, but it offers a sportier character and amenities normally reserved for luxury cars. We like the hatch for its sportiness and the utility and cargo space it offers. If you're looking for a compact, be sure to include the Mazda3 on your shopping list.
Kirk Bell filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com.