2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3: My Top 10 Favorite Things About Our 3

September 17, 2012

2012 Mazda Mazda3

I do like our Mazda 3 quite a bit. I'd certainly recommend it to somebody looking to buy a small sedan or hatchback. But then I was thinking about what exactly I like about it. (Got to back up the recommendation, you know.) So here are my top 10 favorite attributes.

1. Hatchback utility
2. High fuel economy
3. Nimble handling
4. Responsive automatic transmission
5. Proper manual shift orientation (pull for upshift, push for downshift)
6. Two-tone interior looks pretty classy
7. Easy-to-reach audio controls
8. Bluetooth streaming audio
9. Good outward visibility
10. Adaptive xenon headlights

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 15,271 miles

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