Some sort of ute makes plenty of sense when there are so many test cars rolling through the Carsguide fleet, but our choice is the car we would recommend for others. It’s the Mazda3. It blasted the Holden Commodore out of its long-running spot at the top of Australian motoring for two years with a combination of class and quality.
A second-hand Mazda3 means a car that’s quiet and comfy, good to drive and easy to live with in any conditions.
It’s also relatively easy on the wallet, although Mazda Australia has only just arrived — very, very late — at the capped-price servicing party.
We hear almost no complaints from Mazda3 owners, including family members, and that’s the why the car is the right one for years of used-car satisfaction.