The Mazda 3 2012 gets styling revisions that tone down its oft-criticized clown-grin grille. And behind the revised grille is an advanced new four-cylinder engine that’s among the best in the class for combined power and fuel economy. Mazda calls the new engine the 2012 Mazda 3 SkyActiv Engine and accompanies it with updates to this compact car’s cabin and chassis.
In all, the Mazda 3 2012 changes constitute a timely freshening for a basic design launched in model-year 2010. Unchanged is the Mazda 3 2012 choice of roomy four-door sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. Outside of the new powertrains, the Mazda 3 2012 specs gets a few other relatively minor changes for 2012. The instrument panel lighting has changed, and display screens are now a cool blue.
Most notably, Mazda has redone the front and rear air dams, added more Mazda 3 2012 colors trim, and toned down the look of the front end, which was not well received on introduction a couple of years ago; it’s now a smirk, rather than clownish grin.
Inside the Mazda 3 2012, the cockpit is sophisticated and plush, but some will find fault with all the rather drab, hard plastic trim within. You will also find generous, supportive front seats and a reasonably accommodating back seat—plus a low, flat cargo floor with the seats folded down. However, in addition to somewhat difficult rear-seat entry, the Mazda 3 2012 downfall remains road noise.
The Mazda 3 2012 is available in sedan and hatchback form. The Mazda 3 2012 sedan is available in five trims: i SV, i Sport, i Touring, i Grand Touring and s Grand Touring. The Mazda 3 2012 hatchback is only available in Touring and Grand Touring models. For 2012, Mazda has made well to both enthusiasts and the eco-conscious with a new Sky-G engine, paired to either an all-new six-speed automatic transmission or a new six-speed manual.
This engine makes a respectable 155 horsepower and feels very refined and responsive, yet it goes about 20 percent farther on a gallon of gas—with Mazda 3 2012 mpg ratings of up to 40 mpg highway. Beware, however, that if you want these new powertrains, you’ll have to go for the Mazda 3 2012 Touring or Grand Touring models; base 3i SV and Sport models still get the old base 2.0-liter engine, while 3s versions get the 167-horsepower, 2.5-liter engine that’s somewhat more torquey but much thirstier.
Competitors of the Mazda 3 2012
If you want great performance and gas mileage, many Mazda 3 2012 review say the 3 has both. But if you want ample cargo and passenger space, the competitors have more. There are few small cars in the class that can match the Mazda 3 2012 performance, but the Volkswagen Golf can.
The Golf is available as a two- or four-door hatchback, and has less cargo space than the Mazda 3 2012 hatchback. But the Golf is still fun to drive even though it’s smaller. If you want Golf with good fuel economy, you’ll have to option for the diesel engine that reviewers say is just as refined as the base engine.
If you want more passenger and cargo space, you’ll have to give up some of the Mazda 3 2012 agility. The Chevrolet Cruze has good performance and plenty of passenger and trunk space compared with the Mazda 3 2012 sedan. The Cruze also has an Eco model with fuel economy ratings that are comparable with Mazda 3 2012 new engine.
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