I went from a 2006 Accord V6 stick shift to a automatic 2011 Mazda3. My back got sore from sitting in traffic with a stick. I got a lot of tickets in the Accord.
The Mazda3 is a treat if youre on a budget and need some serious sport in your ride. The 2.5 4 cylinder lots of torque and sounds great and revs fast. It handles a lot better than my old Accord.