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2012 Mazda MAZDA3 I Touring

2012 Mazda MAZDA3 Review

(0 Stars)  Mazda's mainstay car goes Skyactiv.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
The Mazda 3 has long been one of our favorite compact cars, largely because it's fun to drive, well constructed, and practical. In 2.3-liter turbocharged Mazdaspeed 3 form, it's a rough-and-tumble riot. The 3 can be very well equipped with options befitting larger cars--things like rain-sensing wipers; swiveling, automatic bixenon headlights; LED taillights; a Bose ten-speaker sound system; and, for the first time, a blind-spot monitoring system. The big focus this year is on fuel economy, and where some of this car's competitors have included efficiency as standard equipment, Mazda is allowing its customers to decide for themselves the importance of fuel economy is. Customers who don't care can choose one of the port-injected, normally aspirated four-cylinders, which carry over from last year. For a bump in economy, they can choose a Skyactiv model. For an extra $850, ecoconscious customers get the direct-injected 155-hp, 2.0-liter engine; headlights with transparent blue rings around them; and badges inside and out. It's an outspoken strategy for a car that can just barely match the regular Hyundai Elantra's EPA ratings. Having four engines, three transmissions, and two body styles (sedan and hatchback) might seem excessive, but the 3 accounts for more than half of Mazda's sales in the United States, and having choices is rarely a bad thing for customers.

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2012 MAZDA3 I Touring Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.0L SKYACTIV-G in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 28 MPG city, 39 MPG highway, 33 MPG combined and 524 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
15.9gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 155 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 148 ft lb of torque @ 4,100 rpm

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'12 Mazda I Touring Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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