The 2012 Mazda3 benefits from a freshened grille that reduces the big grin on last year's models. The Mazda3 comes in 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback versions, both with friendly, convenient interiors. The new 2012 SkyActiv 2.0-liter package is an impressive achievement, with zoom-zoom performance, wonderful automatic and manual transmissions, ideal controls, and 40 miles per gallon on the highway.
Sam Moses reported to NewCarTestDrive.com from Portland; with Kirk Bell reporting from Chicago.
Model Line Overview
Mazda3 i SV ($15,200); Mazda3 i Sport ($16,845); Mazda3 i Touring SkyActiv ($18,450); Mazda3 i Grand Touring SkyActiv ($22,300); Mazda3 s Touring ($21,300), Mazda3 s Touring ($21,300); Mazda3 s Grand Touring ($22,900); Mazdaspeed3 ($24,000)
dual frontal airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags; electronic stability control, traction control, tire-pressure monitor, active front head restraints; anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
Safety equipment (optional):
adaptive headlamps, LED taillamps, blind spot monitor
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Mazda3 i Grand Touring sedan ($22,300)
leather upholstery, front sport bucket seats, heated front seats, eight-way power driver's seat with memory, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, heated power mirrors with integrated turn signals, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, tilt/telescoping steering column, steering wheel audio and Bluetooth controls, front center console, AM/FM/CD stereo, auxiliary audio input jack, iPod adapter, outside temperature display, 60/40 split folding rear seat, automatic headlights, moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, fog lights, rear spoiler, P205/50R17 tires on 17-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
Technology Package ($1,400) includes blind spot monitoring system, navigation system, advanced keyless system, push-button start, perimeter alarm, rain-sensing wipers, auto on/off headlights, auto-leveling bi-xenon headlights, adaptive front lighting system, LED rear combination taillights, Sirius Satellite Radio
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.0-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
155 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
148 @ 4100
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
11.8 cu. ft.
independent MacPherson strut
disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of September 09, 2011.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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