2012 Mazda MAZDA3 User Reviews
s Touring MT 4-Door shown
- $12,410 - $17,682
- No trim specified for this review
- Easy to drive, responsiveness, fuel mileage
- Stiff ride, road noise
Purchased As New
Fuel mileage so far seems to be as advertised which is the primary reason I downgraded from an Audi S4 to this (yes, BIG downgrade in many many ways, but I have my reasons). I also chose this car over others like Civic, Corolla or Focus as it doesn't lose all the fun-to-drive factor. I'm actually quite impressed with how this car takes corners - not that I'm carving canyons every weekend anymore but the way it handles makes me forget it's an economy car, almost.
That's the biggest thing I noticed. Not very quick but it's pretty sporty for what it is. It looks fine, one of the better onese in the category. The interior is so-so but then I didn't expect much. The AC doesn't seem very strong, it's not the most spacious. The 6 speed tranny isn't the best 6 speed auto I've personally experienced but works well enough for the car.
I chose to get rid of my German luxury sports car for something more practical, reliable and more fuel efficient, which is exactly what I got in the 3 Skyactive. Compared to the Civic, Corolla and Focus that I checked out, the deciding factor for me to choose the 3 was teh fun-to-drive element. Coming from an S4, it's good to find this kind of handling in an econobox.
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