Tuesday, May 1, 2012

2012 Mazda3 Review

Have you seen the 2012 Mazda3? It's one of the cars we are seriously thinking about purchasing later this year because my husband's vehicle is old as dirt and not very safe to be driving.  The safety features of the Mazda3 sold us.  Well, that and the incredible fuel economy.  We were spot on too because I found out later that the 2012 Mazda3 was named a 2012 top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the vehicle gets up to 40mpg highway.  Impressed?  You should be!

Favorite Features

  • Steering wheel controls ease of use
  • Large trunk capacity
  • Bose stereo system
  • Bluetooth phone clarity
  • Blind spot monitoring

The 2012 Mazda3 starts at $15,200 for the four door or the sportier looking model, 5-door for $19,300.

- 148-hp, 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with a choice of 5-speed manual or 5-speed Sport
automatic transmission (i SV and i Sport models)
- 155-hp (154 hp for PZEV)† SKYACTIV-G 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with a choice of
SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed Sport automatic
transmission (i Touring and i Grand Touring models)
- 167-hp (165 hp for PZEV)†, 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with a choice of 6-speed manual or
5-speed Sport automatic transmission (s models)
- 25/33 mpg (2.0L MT)‡
- 24/33 mpg (2.0L AT)‡
- 27/39 mpg (SKYACTIV-G 2.0L MT)‡
- 28/40 mpg (SKYACTIV-G 2.0L AT)‡
- 20/28 mpg (2.5L MT)‡
- 22/29 mpg (2.5L AT)‡
Available dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, 265-watt Bose
audio, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio capability**, Mazda Advanced Keyless
Entry & Start System and compact navigation system
Standard safety features include advanced front air bags, front side-impact air bags,
side-impact air curtains††, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)‡‡ with Traction Control
System (TCS). A new Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) System, is now available in the
optional Grand Touring Technology Package
This compact car rates pretty high in it's class and is definitely a strong competitor against any of the other leading brands on the market today.  Don't be fooled, this one still has it's sleek, Zoom, Zoom, body let's you know it's a Mazda!

Disclosure: Mazda provided me with the use of the Mazda3 free of charge in exchange for an honest review and feedback.

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