It Happened – a Reasonably Priced Car Caught My Eye
I know I’m always swooning over Aston Martins, Loti and the like, but let’s face it: for the most part, the cars that you and I can afford are kind of boring (note I said for the most part). It’s a rare car that I can afford that catches my eye.
So I was surprised to look up from my desk the other day and see this lovely little number:
I had to go outside to investigate further.
Turns out this is the new Mazda3, the smaller of Mazda’s two available sedans (the 6 being the other sedan; the 3 is also available as a five-door hatchback). Base price ranges from about $17,000 to $27,000, depending on your trim level and whether you select the sedan or hatchback. Available engines are either a 155-hp 2.0L 4-cylinder, or a 184-hp 2.5L four. Sadly, only an automatic transmission is available with the larger engine.
I have not driven the 3 (yet) and know little about it, except this: it catches my eye and, when I see it, I want to drive it. And that, to me, is a well-designed car. At the end of the day, it’s not about the nameplate or the price tag as much as it is about this question: does it move me?
The Mazda3 does.