Many carmakers can be accurately summarized with one word. Toyotas are reliable. Mercedes are fancy. BMWs are sporty, and Aston Martins are cool. What, then, are Mazdas?
Fun. Mazda have proven their utter mastery of this word with the superb MX-5, and the compact Mazda3 is its closest sibling. Balancing tight handling with a comfortable ride, generous standard equipment and surprising space for its petite profile, the Mazda3 continues to reign supreme over other budget compact sedans.
The car comes with high road noise, but this can be remedied by ditching the standard Dunlop tires in favor of Michelins.