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You are in the Toyota Corolla
What is this discussion about?
Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda MAZDA3, Sedan
#31 of 879 Re: '06 Mazda3 and '06 Civic? [pmc255]
Jul 23, 2005 (11:54 am)
2006 Civics will be in dealer showrooms in September. Probably the sedans first, the coupes slightly later.
#32 of 879 Just remember ...
Jul 25, 2005 (7:30 am)
2006 Civic buyers are buying a car in its first year on the market. Baaaaad move if you ask me ... which you didn't. So there.
But let's just say I told you so now, OK?
Jul 27, 2005 (2:06 pm)
From one look at that picture of the 06 Civic, I'm leaning way over toward Mazda 3.
Does anyone have details on trim options on the '06 Mazda 3? It was mentioned above.
#34 of 879 Re: Civic vs. Corolla vs. Mazda3 [pmc255]
Jul 27, 2005 (5:24 pm)
I bought a Mazda3 last week. I drove the Corolla but not the Civic as my parents have had Civics since 1984 so I already knew what they were like. The Mazda3 drove like a sports car compared to the Corolla. I thought I was going thru a wind tunnel when I drove the Corolla. Can you tell I really like the Mazda3? Enough said, either one of the three is an excellent car, just depends on what your looking for.
#35 of 879 compare Mazdo 3 5-door to Accord/Camry
Jul 29, 2005 (1:19 am)
since I'm looking into those 3 cars, I noticed the Mazda is the most expensive and the thirstiest. but when you consider that the 5-door Mazda has a 17 cft cargo space, you could compare it more to an Accord (14 cft) or a Camry (16.7 cft.) then, the Mazda 3 is cheaper and has good mileage.
In addition, I look into ABS and curtain airbags. local Toyota dealers (Madison/WI) say the ones I look for (just LE/S with cruise control and the safety features) are not really available. On the other hand, Mazda dealers have Mazda 3 with ABS/airbags available. Well, you just should take into account what is actually available. And not having safety features is a huge drawback to me (tells you about the attitude of a manufacturer).
I heard, 2006 5-door Mazda have ABS standard. Airbags (side&curtain) standard on the touring and grand touring models. toyota delaer told me there is no change in 2006 models regarding to what i want. Only special order would do it.. this, and the hatchback&larger trunk favor the Mazda.
#36 of 879 Re: compare Mazdo 3 5-door to Accord/Camry [herrkaleu]
Jul 29, 2005 (10:35 am)
In addition, I look into ABS and curtain airbags. local Toyota dealers (Madison/WI) say the ones I look for (just LE/S with cruise control and the safety features) are not really available.
Somewhat off topic, but this was the same reason that my wife and I first started looking at Mazdas. We're about to have our first child, so a full list of safety features (including side curtain airbags) were a requirement for our new car. To get that in a Toyota Camry or a Toyota Matrix, the dealer told us that we'd need to special order it and add lots of other required/bundled packages that we didn't need or want (sunroof, 6-disc CD changer, etc.). The ABS + side curtain airbags package on the Mazda3, and the fact that it was readily available, made our decision easy for us.
We basically decided that we'd rather pay $18000 for a Mazda3 with side curtain airbags (just paying for the car and options that we wanted) than $18000 for a Toyota Matrix (a cheaper base car, with the price "artifically" increased by a whole lot of options we didn't want). We ended up "up-sizing" and got a Mazda5 instead for about the same price, but the Mazda3 hatch was our 2nd choice.
#37 of 879 Re: Civic vs. Corolla vs. Mazda3 [sporty05]
Jul 30, 2005 (6:58 pm)
I test drove the Corolla and Mazda3, and ended up buying the Corolla. First of all, the reliability and fit/finish of the toyota's was superior. Yes, the Mazda3 was sportier, and was availible with much more features- but at a much higher price. I got my Corolla LE with almost everything besides sunroof for $15k after rebate. I would have paid $17-$18k for the Mazda3. The civic EX has everything my car has + the sunroof for $18k+. Also, there are almost never rebates for hondas. The Corolla also seemed roomier in the inside to me, which has come in handy in the long road trips. The Corolla also seemed a little more elegant on the inside.
All three are great cars are great, I just saw more pros with the Corolla.
#38 of 879 Corolla vs. Mazda3
Jul 31, 2005 (5:31 am)
... test drove the Corolla and Mazda3 ... reliability and fit/finish of the toyota's was superior. Yes, the Mazda3 was sportier, and was availible with much more features- but at a much higher price. I got my Corolla LE with almost everything besides sunroof for $15k after rebate. I would have paid $17-$18k for the Mazda3.
Which Mazda3 model are you comparing to the Corolla LE? The i (2.0L with 148 hp) or the s (2.3L with 160 hp)? I believe the 1.8 L Corolla LE is rated at 130 hp.
What reference are you using for reliability? Consumer Reports shows both with excellent reliability for many years.
What rebates have you calculated for the Corolla and the Mazda3?
#39 of 879 Okie-dokey ...
Aug 03, 2005 (3:57 am)
STILL glad I didn't wait for the Civic!
Check out the pics in this review ...
Pic No. 1 -- Can you say Camry Solara?
Pic No. 2 -- Ummm, Prius?
Pic No. 3 -- Who stepped on my Civic? (Looks like the front end got caught under the car-squasher at the salvage yard!)
Also note that a hatch version isn't forecast until 2007.