Originally Posted by revhigh
For those who say the M3 interior is terrible, as far as I can tell ... it has a lot of the same soft touch materials that the Focus has.
I also never understood this common shot on the Mazda3. When I was looking at a 2012 i GT Hatch, I found that the Focus SE (that I eventually bought) actually had more hard touch panels (specifically the door panels, both front and rear doors). Even the cheaper iTouring had somewhat soft touch materials on its door panels, at least at front/driver's side. You'll get the mostly-soft touch materials on the (phased-out) SEL and Titanium, which are actually more expensive than the iGT provided they are equipped similarly. Overall though, I liked the handling of the Focus better, plus the rebates available really was the nail on the coffin.