Reviewing cars is a weird game. The 550-hp Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the next you are driving a 186-hp 2019 Mazda 3 sedan, and then the day closes out with a custom, 427-hp 1995 Porsche 911 restroom by Gunther Werks . Aside from all three being gasoline-powered vehicles, there are many things in common between the three. But going from one to the other in the span of a day reveals a shared obsession with fine tuning the little things.
Since this is the Mazda 3 review, we'll try to avoid discussing Porsches. The new 3 is filled with examples of places where its engineers and designers anguished over things most owners won't immediately notice but will certainly appreciate if they can't put their finger on why they like the car, which is ironic because it's their fingers that get the attention.