2012 Mazda MAZDA3 User Reviews
i Touring AT 5-Door shown
- $12,410 - $17,682
- No trim specified for this review
- Great fuel economy, dependable, sporty ride
- Could use better tires
Purchased As New
My wife and I leased a 2010 Mazda3 i-sport and thoroughly enjoyed it. Rather than buying out the lease on the stripped-down 2010, we purchased a 2012 Mazda3 i-touring model (manual transmission) with Skyactiv engine.
The Skyactiv engine, found only on the 2012 i-touring and i-grand touring models, gets much better fuel economy than the i-sport and S models. For those review that say they are getting 28-30 MPG, they have the old-style engine or the 2.5 liter found on the S models. We have averaged 37 MPG in mixed driving...fantastic!
The only complaint I would have is that Mazda continues to put Bridgestone Turanza EL400 tires on the Mazda3. They are an "all season tire", but they do not handle very well in the snow. Living in Cleveland, snow/slush is present 5 months out of the year. I plan to upgrade to a different tire like the Hankook H727, General Altimax, or the Kumho Solus KR21.
The car handles very well, is dependable, and the styling is fantastic! Plus, it gets great gas mileage and is inexpensive. The cabin is tight with all of the control right at your fingertips.
When we bought the 2012 Mazda3 last month, the dealerships were hungry to sell; you should be able to negotiate a great deal on a 2012 model as they try to move them off the lots. Go for it...its a great car!
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