Hi! I've just moved to NC and bought Mazda 3 Touring 2.5 hatch. This is my first new car. I was actually hesitating between Mazda 3 and VW Golf. But the exterior look, VW emission scandal, complains about electronics in German cars, more expensive service, and a sweet deal from my dealer on Touring 2.5 persuaded me to go with Mazda. So far I was very happy with my choice and hope it will not let me down in the future.