2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3: Imperceptible Shifts

January 05, 2012

2012 Mazda Mazda3  

My first impression of our long-term Mazda 3 is definitely positive; which is quite a departure from our old Mazdaspeed 3.

Our new Mazda 3 is smooth. The ride is well cushioned while still remaining communicative. But really, I was struck by how smooth the transmission shifts. They're CVT-smooth. When I'm leisurely rolling down the boulevard, the only indication that the gears are changing is by the drop of the tach needle. The same goes for downshifts.

So far, I'm impressed.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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

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