Color Critique - 2012 Mazda 3 Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Mazda 3 Long-Term Road Test

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2012 Mazda 3 Skyactiv: Color Critique

April 04, 2012

2012 Mazda Mazda3

My two favorite colors are red and blue. I know, way to get crazy, right? But I definitely don't like my blues to border on purple. And that's exactly what's happening with the color of our long-term Mazda 3.

It's officially called Indigo Lights Mica, but it has way too much of a purple hue for my tastes, especially in the right (or wrong) lighting conditions. My limited photography skills weren't able to quite capture its full purple-ish-ness here, but at least there's an interesting car in the background.

Edmunds photog specialist Kurt Niebuhr explained that what I'm seeing is a dash of magenta wafting throughout the Mazda's otherwise blue metallic paint. Okay, whatever...art major.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 7,328 miles.

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