I got my Mazda3 GT about two months ago and I LOVE IT! I traded in a 2013 VW GLI that was fast but never inspired real driver confidence. I'm already more comfortable driving the Mazda than I ever was in 40K miles in the GLI. Before the GLI I had a 2006 Mazda 6, 6 cylinder. It was a great car in all respects except for a defective clutch...replaced twice under warrantee (NOT MY FAULT!). That Mazda was t-boned by a very careless driver at a low-speed intersection. Eh. I bought the GLI. I was foolish to leave the Mazda fold and very happy to be back. BTW, with 206/60-16 Blizzak WS-80's on the car, I think I could drive up the side of an icy building. In the Spring I will put on Pirelli P-Zero A/S in 215/45-18. They got great reviews at Tirerack.