Originally Posted by SW13GS
Here's the question...have you driven a new Mazda 3 Hatchback with all the options?
You have a point...but keep in mind the redesign didn't happen until 2013. The current model is definitely appealing, however the CT was not intended for me.
To cut the story short, in 2012 my wife and I agreed to buy each OTHER a car, using a formula that cannot exceed a figure based on our individual incomes. Rules are it cannot be used, nor can it be leased, nor can you borrow money to acquire it.
Needless to say I received a factory ordered Mercedes with suspension upgrades that you cannot get stateside unless you specify it at the time of order (which was another 8 month wait). Having gotten every bit of option I wanted in the Merc, I couldn't for the life of me hand her keys to a Prius in the end.
Luckily for me, after showing her the CT, every other car from then on was "too big". So that was a big win for me!
Yes...she is much more successful than I. But over the years, I've grown to live with it.