In the past few years I had sworn eternal loyalty to Toyota. For 7 years I've been driving an exceptionally uncool 1996 Toyota Paseo (dont laugh). The reliability of this vehicle has been stellar. I have barely spent more than 1000 dollars Canadian in maintenance (and that includes a new windshield) other than regular oil changes. Ultra cold Canadian winters do nothing to slow the car down - it starts every time with little effort. Im enamored.
Now Im a little more grown up and have money, and have been shopping for something a little more mature and family oriented, but also "fun".
So far I looked at Corolla, Matrix and Camry.
They are just...boring. The Matrix is of course far less boring, but the interior just left me cold. Felt awkward. The camry felt like I should be 50 years old, and the Corollas are just drab.
So my eye is wandering. So far I'm considering Accords, Altima/Maxima etc. The Altima felt like a boat to me when I sat in it, esp after the Paseo. And the cupholders suck. In Canada, Tim hortons coffee in a travel mug is an integral part of the driving experience.
I realize I'm asking for bias when I pose this question on a Mazda forum, but I'm wondering: what's the reliability position of the Mazda line? Competitive with Toyota and Honda? I assume it kills Chevy?
Reason Im asking about Mazda: I saw the new Mazda 3 sedan on the Canadian website. Gunmetal grey. Im in love. I want this car.
Any input? Just looking for general feedback.