2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test


2012 Mazda Mazda3 Is Right Up My Alley

April 25, 2012

2012 Mazda Mazda3
Out of the cars currently in our fleet, I'd say our 2012 Mazda 3 Skyactiv is my favorite for getting around the city. Sure, the A8 and the X3 (cars I know won't likely be cross-shopped with this hatch) are plush and luxurious but the Mazda 3 is the right size for going down narrow streets and alleys and it's not as terrifying to maneuver in crowded parking garages. Like our Camry, it's well damped for negotiating those pothole-filled alleys and gets decent gas mileage but it's also actually fun to drive.

It's really suited to my lifestyle as a single city dweller who likes to save money on gas but still wants fun doing it.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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