Foot Race - 2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3: Foot Race

July 31, 2012

012 Mazda Mazda3

I had a less-is-more moment as I got into our Mazda 3 last night. I'd just spent the weekend in the big, gas-hoggy and tech-heavy Infiniti JX35, which has quite a vocabulary of safety beeps and proximity alerts. With that in mind, it was refreshing to start up a car that's small, simple and abstemious. And not quite so talkative.

This isn't meant to be a comparison of those two cars -- that would be absurd. Each has its place and purpose. Sometimes you want a pair of Cole Haan peep-toe sling backs with five-inch heels (or I would, anyway, as long as I didn't have to walk far). But some days, what you need are Dansko Professional clogs: comfortable, unassuming and sure-footed.  Yesterday, the Mazda 3 was the shoo-in.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 12,769 miles

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