Originally Posted by mac.mogul
Mazda is a great car for sure, but that interior is something I cannot get over. Its terrible lol.
Good luck with your new ride.
In Sept 2012 I was involved in a car accident (a not-fault accident) and I was forced to get a new vehicle (I had driven a 1992 Toyota Camry to beyond 325,000 kms).
Any how, I was torn between the Ford Focus which I rented in Vegas for 5 days and the Mazda 3.
Well I ended up with the Focus because I like the styling of the car, but mainly, I liked how the car was really well thought out. Plus, I thought the inside of the Mazda 3 was kinda boring, and coming from a Japanese car, I didn't find anyhing spectacular with the Mazda 3. I didn't mind the outside smile, but mainly, I honestly believe the Focus was better car. Plus it was about $900 cheaper. In the end, I have never looked back.
But good on the OP for getting a Mazda 3, I think both are good cars because both are based on the C4 platform I believe.