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Best little car I ever owned
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By abqrich
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2012 Mazda 3 i Touring 4dr Sedan w/SKYACTIV-G (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


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I love the way this car handles. Great engine coupled with great transmission. I have owned more expensive cars, but I have never enjoyed a car as much as this one


Best Features

Again, engine and transmission. It has all the power I need. On my last road trip I got 41mpg.


Worst Features

Stiff ride on bumpy roads. Uncomfortable seats. Way too much noise at highway speeds. Hopefully, new tires will alleviate this.


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New 2012 Mazda 3
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By disasterdawg
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2012 Mazda 3 i Touring 4dr Sedan w/SKYACTIV-G (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


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Bought with 3 miles on it. Has been great car. Well designed interior and great styling. Performace and economy are outstanding. Mazda is an under rated company. The value of the this car is amazing compared to other imports. Fit and finish are top notch. Recently the car was struck broadside by and Escalade and walked away scratch free. Airbags did the job. The car almost totaled but did not. A really safe and strong car. I highly recommend Mazda, the entire brand.


Best Features

Autostick shift is fun to play with and really lets you push the 2.0 a lot farther than the computer is set for. However, the gas goes with the performance. Still fun on back roads.


Worst Features

The only downside is the noise. It could use a lot more sound deadening material to help in the cabin. At highway speed is bit louder than I had expected with the solid fit and finish of the car.


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25,000 MILE UPDATE
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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By hoveringfalcon
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2012 Mazda 3 i Touring 4dr Sedan w/SKYACTIV-G (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


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I've had my 3 for just over a year, and have put 25,000 miles on it. I still think it's a fantastic car. It's not perfect, and I will soon explain why, but it provides a superb combination of sportiness and fuel efficiency that is unmatched in its class. If you love driving but need something that sips gas, look no further. However if you prioritize comfort and luxury options above all else, you might want to cross shop before you buy.


Best Features

Its handling is best in class without a doubt. The chassis is composed around corners no matter how fast you're going, and the steering is effortless. Spend some with the car and you should notice just how good the automatic transmission is. It loves to downshift and is extremely responsive overall. Fuel efficiency is exemplary. I average about 36 in the spring/fall, 31-33 in the summer depending on AC usage, and 29-30 in the winter with lots of snow and warming the car up in the mornings. 40+ mpg is very possible on the highway. Also commendable is the stability control system. It's amazing in the snow and can be turned off for spirited driving.


Worst Features

The driver seat just isn't comfortable for me. The bulbous center stack and thick underside of the steering wheel work in tandem to annoy me. My right leg has no space unless I slide the seat back, and then I'm too far from the steering wheel. Of course you can telescope the wheel, but it takes a lot of playing with to get it to the perfect position and it's a huge hassle in my opinion. The AC doesn't cut it in the summer. It gets the job done, but never blows truly cold air. Also the stock tires suck. They're OK when dry, but slide too much in the rain. Replace them for a world of difference in terms of performance.


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So far so good
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By jhunterk
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2012 Mazda 3 i Touring 4dr Hatchback w/SKYACTIV-G (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


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Have had the car for 10 months, 6k miles, 0 problem so far. IMHO, it is the best compromise among gas mileage, cosmetics, reliability, and a sporty ride. On highway, the 40mpg is spot on. The hatchback is super useful, once I was able to put FIVE dinning chairs in it. Very good lumbar support too. Con: The ride could be bumpy on crapy road because of its sporty suspension. Not as quiet as toyota, could use better noise isolation


Best Features

Handling Bluetooth Hatchback


Worst Features

best noise isolation better interior (similar to what CX-5 has would be great)


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UNCOMFORTABLE
5 of 22 people found this review helpful
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By donchevy97
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2012 Mazda 3 i Touring 4dr Hatchback w/SKYACTIV-G (2.0L 4cyl 6M)


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takes corners and speed bumps terribly. rides extremely stiff


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