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2012 Mazda 3: How Low Can You Go?

June 21, 2012

2012 Mazda Mazda3

Getting in and out of the Mazda 3 is easy for me. There is ample room and the leather seats don't hold onto my clothes like cloth seats normally do. So I can slip right in.

But not so easy for a friend of mine. He's 6'1" and threw his back out. Getting out of the car was no problem for him. But lowering himself into the Mazda 3 was quite painful.

You see, the Mazda 3 sits low and getting into the seats for someone taller than me and with a bad back wasn't easy. I know this is a specific problem but one you should consider if you have chronic back troubles. A low car is not your best choice.

As I mentioned in a previous post, some of the older residents on my street have been asking me about the Mazda 3. They also ask about other small hatchbacks like the Acura ILX, Ford Focus, Volkswagen GTI, etc. These types of vehicles seem to be gaining popularity with empty-nesters. I can see this low entry point being an issue with them, too, as some of them have mobility problems.

This is why you should always physically go on a test drive. You never know how the car will suit you until you try it on for size.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 10,809 miles

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