2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3: I'd Still Get This Engine

September 14, 2012

A line from Ron's Explorer post yesterday caught my eye: "It was a car that drove too big, had an engine that was too small ..." When we first got the Explorer, I was fine with its 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. But as time went on, I found myself wishing we had the V6 instead for its more appropriate power and sound. Were it my Explorer, I'd have buyer's remorse over the turbo.

But I have no such problems with our Mazda 3's 2.0-liter "Skyactiv" engine. It's perfectly suited for the car, doesn't seem underpowered and is returning the best non-hybrid fuel economy in the fleet right now. I don't pine for the larger 2.5-liter engine at all.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 15,152 miles

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

$144 per month*
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