One Of My Top Three Picks In The Class - 2012 Mazda 3 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Mazda 3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda 3: One Of My Top Three Picks In The Class

May 14, 2012

 mazda_top3.JPG Setting aside the debate of regular Mazda 3 versus Mazdaspeed 3 for the moment, I do think the regular 3 is one of the best choices for a small car in 2012. If someone asked me, "What small car should I buy?" the Mazda would be one of my top three picks.

Much of the credit goes to the new 2.0-liter (Skyactiv) engine, as it gives the car the competitive fuel economy it's been lacking the past couple of years. Then there's rest of the Mazda 3 package -- responsive handling, upscale features and an available hatchback body style -- that makes this car so appealing in my opinion.

Incidentally, my other two picks for 2012? Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 9,658 miles

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