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Considering a new Mazda3
Hi all, not really a car person so I figured I'd ask people who probably know better! I've decided its finally time to replace my 2000 Ford Focus as its maintenance is just not worth it anymore. After doing some research, my favorite of the small cars on the market is the 2014 Mazda3 (probably i Grand Touring if it is suitable and I still like it after taking a road test), but I've got one major concern. I'm 6'3" tall, and while I was happy to find that I fit quite comfortably sitting in one (much more comfortable than my old focus somehow, despite the focus having bigger measurements) I'm concerned that I might not have enough leftover headroom for safety. I don't know for certain (as I didn't measure) but I seemed to have ~1.5-2 inches of headroom leftover with the sunroof.
- Does anyone know if that is safe enough?
- Or am I silly to be focusing on small cars at my height?
In a car without the sunroof I had a good 0.5-1 inch more headroom, though going down to the i Touring trim eliminates the nicer, heated seats which I hear are very nice (particularly in a cold northeastern winter), but going up to the s Touring adds paddle shifters which I would probably never use (I drive automatic) and 18" wheels which as I understand have a negative (though not huge) impact on ride comfort.
I'm a fairly conservative driver, and mostly drive to/from work and to visit people, basically any new car is a vast improvement performance wise over my focus, so I don't really care too much about sportyness (though the Mazda3 is really good looking, and hopefully would make driving feel like less of a chore). If I should be focusing on some other car, please let me know (I've mostly based my preference for the Mazda on reviews -- its seems to be widely considered to be the best or second best compact around -- its relatively good price, exceptional gas mileage, and top safety ratings overall).
Sorry for writing so much! I've never bought a new car before, and I'm rather nervous.