the mazda3 is a great car; the handling is superb. if you're going with the i touring, you're going with the base model. if you think you're going to want speed in the near future, you might actually want to upgrade to the SPEED3. but considering this is probably your first car, you're making a great first choice.
besides, if you get the 2010 3 in black mica, the smile is not as noticeable. & i've heard that the smile actually grows on you.
hope this helps.
proud owner of a 3.