Words and photos by Sidney Ang
The sexy body, lavish interior, and choice of a 2.0L instantly made the first Mazda 3 stand out from the competition, which is why it was an instant hit back in 2004. I used to own a Mazda 3, and the good looks, both in and out, are what attracted me to it. I opted for the 1.6L over the more powerful 2.0L engine, but I do have my reasons. Needless to say, I enjoyed the car immensely and, years later, it still got its share of double takes, with just a few exterior enhancements.
Eight years later we finally get the “all-new” Mazda 3 in the Philippines. But every car enthusiast should know that this model came out way back in 2008, and the Internet is already flooded with pictures, specs, and reviews. So is it too late for the latest generation Mazda 3 to join the party?