Congrats on the new ride! Just out of curiosity, did you get a good deal/discount from the Mazda dealer? Since it’s new, I think dealers may be reluctant to discount it esp when demand is high and there aren’t a lot of inventory yet...
Lol, fair warning. It wouldn't make sense for us to get a 3rd car, or even upgrade from the barely-used Civic we already have, so there's no reason for me to go out of my way to test drive it. Still wanna see what it's like though
It is worth it. I test drove the sedan and was very surprised. The AWD is much better and the whole car feels very fast and sure footed. Trying to work out a deal to trade in my 2014 CX-5 and our 2017 Mazda 3 for a 2017/2018 CX-5 and a polymetal grey hatch with red interior. Have to wait for them to make it cost affordable!
For the most part, they reiterate much of what we already know - it's not a Mazdaspeed3 built for the hardcore enthusiast. They describe it as a smoothed out, refined Mazda3 with more power and AWD. One of the knocks on it are the brakes - they feel it needs better braking power to match the powertrain.
They also praised the suspension, which led me to rewatch their 2019 Mazda3 review, where they provided this info: