Today was a hard day...

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...but I did it, guys! I said I was gonna trade my car in for something more docile since my needs have changed, and I did just that today. Leading up to this moment I had a lot of anxiety and worries that I was making a mistake. Then I started to realize I was overthinking everything, and that I could do it. I beat that anxiety, and I beat it into the ground.

I won't lie, when I stepped out of my Type R for the last time, there were tears in my eyes. They were tears of sadness - but over the horizon I saw my new car waiting for me. I told myself I can do it, and I pulled through. As I drove off the lot... I wondered, did I just do that? And when I was able to say "yes I did", a smile perked from my face once more.

The Type R was one of the best cars I've had the privilege to own without a doubt. It may have had it's flaws, but there was magic in the way the Type R drove. It was the finest example of Honda's engineering knowhow, and I am truly grateful to say I was able to experience it for my 2 1/2 years of ownership. I'll never forget how many smiles this car gave me.

My new car is nowhere near as cool, or fun, but that doesn’t mean it is a total drag. This is my new 2017 Mazda3 Grand Touring Hatchback with the 6-speed automatic transmission!

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So my new car isn’t as cool, but I’m OK with it. With the stress in my life this suits me perfectly. It’s comfortable, quiet, and loaded with tech. It’s not Type R quick, but it’s not a total slug either. I can tell you that this car really feels good to drive through. The steering and handling especially. I’m already really fond of my choice.



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Sharp looking ride. I've always liked the styling of the Mazda 3 hatches and the interiors are first rate. Good safety tech too. Good luck with it.
 
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Congrats...hope some weight fell off your shoulders. Good choice
Feels like a lot honestly. I got home and worried not seeing the big ol wing would cause me to panic. I was wrong!
Sharp looking ride. I've always liked the styling of the Mazda 3 hatches and the interiors are first rate. Good safety tech too. Good luck with it.
Yup, this was one of the first cars I looked around for. I got a gem of a find to get one this well appointed (would’ve been a unicorn with a 6MT). Always loved how they looked and glad it’s my ride now.
 

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Before I got my 2018 civic hatch, I was looking for Mazda. My choices were
Mazda 3
Mazda 6 and Cx-6. I know they all different classes. But somehow I like Mazda designs. Then Ended up with buying civic hb Which im in love!
congrats and enjoy the new ride!
 
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Looks like a nice ride. If you’re happy... then we’re happy for you, bud. 👍
It’s a very nice ride. It has just the right amount of firmness to be comfortable and sporty. I did consider just going back to something like a Civic hatch but I wanted to expand my horizons and try another brand. I will miss the ferociousness of the Type R but the added comfort this provides is exactly what I needed.
 

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Glad you found something that suited you. So long as you’re happy, forget what the rest of the world says. Enjoy your new whip, and congrats on the purchase!
 
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Looks sharp. You know you did the right thing for you, and that's all that matters. I love my CTR, but it's just a car. Good luck.
 

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Congrats and enjoy!! Lot of fun different cars for the various stages and needs of a life. You had a solid 2.5 in the R but you will find a lot to love with the new ride and a lot less aggressive drivers lol. Enjoy!
 

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CONGRATS and that is a SHARP looking car. Like others have said - the styling of the Mazda3 and the interior have always been really nice. Happy you are happy with it - and I’m sure it gets great gas mileage on top of the good looks :)
 

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