Summary, Prices, Specs

By November 3, 2011

Summary

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
Model lineup: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)
Engines:148-hp 2.0-liter inline-4; 155-hp 2.0-liter inline-4; 167-hp 2.5-liter inline-4; 263-hp 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmissions:5-speed manual; 5-speed automatic; 6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):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
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Hiroshima, Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Mazda3 i Grand Touring sedan ($22,300)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):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
Destination charge:$795
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$24495
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:2.0-liter dohc 16-valve inline-4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):155 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):148 @ 4100
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:N/A
Wheelbase:103.9 in.
Length/width/height:177.4/69.1/57.9 in.
Track, f/r:60.2/59.6 in.
Turning circle:35.8 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:38.9/53.7/42.0 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:38.0/52.2/36.2 in.
Cargo volume:11.8 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent MacPherson strut
Suspension, r:independent multi-link
Ground clearance:4.7 in.
Curb weigth:2969 lbs.
Tires:P205/50R17
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:14.5 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of November 3, 2011.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-222-5500 - www.mazdausa.com