I was car shopping and went to Honda first to see the 2016 Civic Touring to compare with Mazda 3 SGT 5Dr. The test drive with Honda was fine but the person who helped was not very knowledgable of the car's features and how to demonstrate it. So we went to Mazda; what a great test drive experience we had! Roland Zahlten, himself a Mazda 3 hatchback owner did an excellent job in showing us the zoom zoom experience and the technology loaded in the car we are looking for; Mazda radar cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, advance keyless features, lighting package, etc. we drove I think more than 20 miles, uphill, downhill, curves, cul de sac, freeway, bad roads, good roads, etc. I purchased the following day after I contacted Costco Auto Program to get the best price and other benefits.
Chris Boone assisted us in closing up the deal, but it was really Ronald's enthusiasm and knowledge about the car and of course the car itself that won me. For the record, I also test drove a VW GTI but the premium you're paying for GTI is not worth it. You can get all those benefits and then some for $5K less Mazda 3 SGT with technology package.