Still, taking all things into factor its slow, ugly, and girly. And based on reliability it loses in that category also. They feel cheap and gross on the inside compared to the other things he is comparing them to.
The Saab is probably my best bet. It's practical (the hatch is cavernous), less miles than the Mazda, and also has heated seats. However the Mazda is at a more reputable place. Either way I can't go wrong though.
yes but a car can run 300k miles on the same engine if it's been maintained properly. I have 215k on a ford taurus right now.
You can probably find a mazda3 with less miles on it if you looked around a little. Check out craigslist.
Maintenance history is always a huge plus. Of the mass amount of cars I've driven on the lot, I honestly have yet to drive one of those so I am in no position to judge. However Nissan is a solid company and i'm sure that is a plenty reliable car.