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2012 Mazda 3 Review

The 2012 Mazda3: no need to comprise, the perfect partner in life.

The 2012 Mazda 3 performs like a sports car, is refined like a luxury car and is priced like an economy car. The best of all worlds and no need to comprise. New for 2012 is an optional 2.0L engine which delivers more horsepower and a higher fuel economy. There are also new models to the lineup, expanded availability of the hatchback, some revisions to the exterior and interior styling along with additional standard equipment for most models.

The interior of the 2012 Mazda3 is refined and luxurious. You are getting a lot of features for a low price point, talk about win win. Some sweet features include: AM/FM CD player with MP3 capability and 4 speakers and auxiliary input, dual front cupholders and ignition key illumination. The hatchback provides plenty of trunk space that offers up to 17 cubic feet of luggage capacity.

The exterior of the 2012 Mazda3 is impressive. This is a sports machine through and through: can you say zoom zoom?! A rear spoiler, aggressive front hood with a black grille with a matte finish grille bar and smooth rear door will keep heads turning as you zoom by.

The performance of the 2012 Mazda 3 is outstanding. Equipped with SKYACTIV the Mazda3 will meet your standards of fuel efficiency and engine output. A five-speed manual is standard but there is the option of a five-speed automatic, six-speed manual and six-speed automatic. The available models for the 2012 Mazda3 are: GX, GX with AC, GS, GS-SKY and GT.

2012 Engines:

  • 2.0L Inline 4-cyl: 148 horsepower and 135 lb-ft of torque
  • SKYACTIV-G 2.0L Inline 4-cyl: 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque
  • 2.5L Inline 4-cyl: 167 horsepower and 168 lb-ft of torque

2012 Fuel Economy:

  • 2.0L Inline 4-cyl: city 32 (7.35) and highway 47 (5.0)
  • SKYACTIV-G 2.0L Inline 4-cyl: city 35 (6.7) and highway 48 (4.89)
  • 2.5L Inline 4-cyl: city 31 (7.5) and highway 42 (5.6)

The 2012 Mazda3 is a fun car to drive. The sharp handling will have you feeling like are you in total control and can get this little guy to do anything. Also the fun colours ensure you will enjoy every bit of the new Mazda3.

Brad Hansen

West Coast Mazda

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