Just got a brand new 2012 Black Mazda 3 Hatch i Touring Manual. My first ever brand new car. I just blew the engine in my 97 Prelude and had to decide between dropping money into that or putting it down on a new car. The Prelude is probably one of the most underrated cars ever, its no slouch and was a tough decision for me. Ultimately I really needed some more depth on my credit report than what I have at my age. Since I drive 600 miles a week, 38 mpg on regular gas in a car that doesn't feel cheap and boring like the other 40 mpg cars out there is icing on the cake. The 6spd manual is so silky smooth with nice short shifts. Having a hatchback will be weird after never having a car I could really fit much into.