For a versatile, fun and reliable daily driver around $5000, this Mazda 3 s has got to be one of the best options out there. Its DOHC inline 4 puts out 156 hp, which should be plenty to keep a smile on your face. Here it’s driving the front wheels through a 5-speed automatic gearbox.
This example is about as clean as they come, with well under 100k miles and, according to the seller, an excellent maintenance history with records. I’d pounce on it pretty quick if you are interested because nice ones like this don’t show up very often, especially at a reasonable price.