We love our Mazda 3! No mechanical problems, runs great, has pep when needed, quiet engine, great on gas! With 3 kids, we still have room for a friend to come along for the journey. 4/5 stars because the only problem is space. Unfortunately, the trunk area is quite small. We bought a roof rack and cargo system for our luggage on long trips. For now, our kids are small, so no issues sitting comfortably . . . we'll see how it is when they are teenagers! Overall, GREAT car for a family with young children.