Cars: Mazda3 with SkyActiv

I am torn. I absolutely love this car, though it is definitely in need of a major refresh on the inside. This engine and trans pairing leaves much to be desired compared to the 2.3l I drove last year. But I do love this car. If you go with this engine, get a manual transmission. Otherwise you start to feel disconnected and you’ll have to plant the foot down for spirited driving.