The Mazda 3 has earned a devoted fan base. One factor is that, for a lot of folks, Mazda’s compact — offered in either sedan or hatchback — is simply the right car at the right price. But Mazda then takes that value proposition and stirs in its signature secret sauce: responsiveness and tuning that can provide moments of glee in what would otherwise be a mundane commute.
We’re hardly alone in that assessment. The Mazda 3 has made Car and Driver magazine’s annual “10Best” list seven times since 2007.