Originally Posted by revhigh
Liquid Silver sedan.
Never really cared for the Mazda hatches.
Nowhere near as good looking as the Focus hatches. They look 'old' to me. Badly in need of a redesign.
That's because they are still based on the "old" previous generation 1C Focus platform, and it shows (I owned one, I traded my 2010 Mazda 3 Hatch for the Focus). Mazda's are generally well built, BUT, they are VERY noisy on the highway (no sound insulation whatsoever to save weight and money), like to drink gas (but, the Skyactiv technology seems to improved that), and feel quite cheap inside. (lots of overuse of hard plastics and cheap interior fabrics and carpeting). I still feel its a "step backwards" going to the Mazda 3 from the MK3 Focus, but, if it feels right to you, then, by all means. I'm sure you will enjoy the car (I did, but, two AC compressors, two driver seats, several motor mounts and an alternator in less than a year, not to mention dismal fuel mileage and I could hear and feel every bump on the highway finally took its toll on me). The new Focus felt worlds apart from the Mazda in every way, the only thing I miss from the 3 was the slick 6 speed manual it had... that is part of the reason I went with the PowerShift 6 speed in the Focus (I couldn't go backwards to the old tech MTX75 manual in the Ford).