2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test


2012 Mazda Mazda3 i Touring: Fantastic Visibility

April 09, 2012

2012 Mazda Mazda3

I've decided that for my purposes, the current-generation Mazda 3 hatchback is a lot more practical and desirable as an urban/suburban everyday run-around car than a lot of other cars, both smaller and larger. I would, for example, choose the 3 over our Fiat 500 or our Chevy Sonic -- solely for its great rear visibility.

The Mazda has a large rear glass area, and it extends farther down on the tailgate compared to most other hatches (500 and Sonic, included).

 

2012 Mazda Mazda3

The advantage here is obvious. It's a lot easier to see out the back of the Mazda, so it's easier to park it. And I notice this every time I drive the Mazda.

 

2012 Mazda Mazda3

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 7,738 miles

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

$142 per month*
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