I love this car. It has been nothing but good to me. I drive 100km a day for work. Highway/City driving and the fuel economy is awesome.
I have the GT trim with the 2.5L engine.
It offers a fun driving experience, zippy engine performance, great safety scores, and a near-luxury interior; I feel like I'm in a Audi. Soft touch where it's needed, very little gross scratchy plastic.
I have had this car since new and have had 0 issues, just routine maintenance as needed. The one thing I will note is Mazda doesn't have very good rotors so I will be needing to replace those sooner than I should and I will be buying aftermarket brakes and rotors due to this OEM Quality.
The leather seats are very comfortable while I sit in Vancouver traffic, they do start to become a little uncomfortable on a 7.5hr road trip but that's acceptable in my opinion.
Paint quality is good, I choose the Soul Red paint and I knew going in this paint was one of the more poor quality paints and it does chip easily with rock chips. I have choose to go with lots of wax and sealant to help maintain my beautiful paint.
I drive this car in the winter and got some Michele snow tires and this car does just fine though the deep snow in the Kootenay area of British Columbia. I drove through a snow storm on a mountain pass and the car did just fine keeping up with trucks. I managed to pass a few people having problems in the snow and some in the ditch so this was a win for me.