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Car and Driver: 2015 Mazda 3 2.5L Manual Hatchback Long-Term Test Update: Entering the Home Stretch

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WHAT WE LIKE: The Mazda’s unflinching excellence, including the sweet shifter and clutch, talkative steering, outstanding ride/handling balance, and upscale feel. But mostly, those of us at the home office in Ann Arbor like having it back in our hands. Last summer, we sent the 3 out to Montana with John Phillips, and normally, when he migrates back to Michigan for 10Best Cars testing in the fall, he swaps cars. That didn’t happen this time—smitten with the Mazda, he sneaked it away for round two of his fling while the rest of us slept off our hangovers. We finally recovered it and brought it home as the season’s first snow was falling. With a set of Michelin X-Ice Xi3 winter tires, it’s been nearly indomitable—nearly. Aside from damage we’ve inflicted (more on that in a bit), the cost to run the 3 has been exceptionally low. We’ve yet to spend $400 for service over the course of more than 30,000 miles. READ MORE ››

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