Looking for a compact sedan (Mazda3, Civic, Elantra, Impreza, Focus)
I have been test driving many cars in the last month or so, but need some feedback. The cars in comparison are: Hyundai Elantra Limited, Mazda3 Grand Touring Sedan, Subaru Impreza Limited Sedan, Ford Focus Titanium Sedan and the Honda Civic EX-L. I drove them all and thought they were decent driving cars. The Subaru Impreza is AWD which is probably not needed and dealer was not willing to move much at all from sticker so that one is probably out. The Hyundai Elantra seemed good but noticed blind spots while driving. Ford Focus I have heard has some possible transmission problems (is this true?), plus I have had Fords in the past and they have always been iffy cars. The Honda Civic and Mazda 3 both seemed like great candidates but now I hear the the Civic has many reliability and performance concerns for 2012 (which I was surprised for a Honda). Safecar.gov shows the Civic with 2 recalls, numerous technical service bulletins and many customer complaints. The Mazda 3 has no tsb, no recalls and few customer complaints, but now I've seen across the web that there may be transmission issues with the skyactiv auto tranny. Is this true also? Which car do you all recommend from this list or is there another I should consider? Thanks.