2012 Mazda MAZDA3 Long Term Road Test


2012 Mazda MAZDA3: Great Party Prep Car

June 25, 2012

2012 Mazda MAZDA3 

I had some friends over to CasaHashi this weekend and made sure to snag the Mazda 3 since I knew I was going to have to run a lot of errands and transport a lot of stuff. It wasn't a large gathering, but there was a LOT of food to haul.

After a trip to New Orleans this spring, and falling in love with the cuisine, I decided to cook up a Nawlins' feast. Gumbo, collard greens, fried chicken and boiled crawfish had me buzzing all around L.A. in the Mazda. I had to pick up some folding tables and a propane tank, too.

Unfortunately, the Mazda got towed from in front of my house, which put a big dent in my plans. Poor placement of "Temporary No Parking" signs were the culprit. An hour and $200 later (and an endless litany of expletives), I was back on track, but fuming mad.

Once I picked up 15 pounds of live crawfish from my favorite butcher, along with about 2 pounds of lard, I started feeling better. Then I smelled something of concern. The Styrofoam box was leaking crawfish water in the trunk. Within a mile, the Mazda stunk like a 30-year-old fish truck. Whoops.

 

2012 Mazda MAZDA3 

As soon as I got back home, I pulled the trunk carpeting, hosed it down and sprayed it with Lysol. I also sprayed the trunk floor and left the sunroof cracked. I must have caught it in time, because the car smells normal now.

With all the driving to and fro, the Mazda made for a great party prep car. It had enough space for everything and was easy to park in crowded lots and on the street. I think picking this car over one of our SUVs was a smart move.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 11,028 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Mazda Mazda3 in NJ is:

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