2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3: SEMA Roadtrip Ride

October 31, 2012


Rolling out to Las Vegas in our longterm 2012 Mazda 3 reminded me how much I like this car's routine handling characteristics. While not out-and-out grin-inducing, the alert action of its steering, brakes and gearbox make for a satisfyingly cooperative driving experience. And that's welcome in the freeway nip-and-tuck maneuvers that always crop up on this long slog through the heart of the desert.

I had forgotten about the 3's seat, though. Its bottom cushion is just unyielding, and after a couple hours my butt was dead. Otherwise, the seat works well -- good seatback comfort and driving position.

I'll compile the trip's fuel economy tomorrow. Any guesses? 

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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