Rain-Sensing Wipers - 2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3 Skyactiv: Rain-Sensing Wipers

February 16, 2012

2012 Mazda Mazda3

A weird thing happened here yesterday: It rained. No, I'm serious, it really did. And has been said, rain is a good thing.

Not just because the land desperately needs it here in southern California. But also because it's nice to have some actual "weather" for a change.

And one other reason: It gave me a chance to try out the rain-sensing wipers in our long-term Mazda 3. Not all rain-sensing systems are created equal. Some can be annoying, as they have a tendency to overreact and go into the highest speed setting if the rain coming down is anything above a drizzle.

So how did the Mazda do?

Not too bad. Admittedly I never drove in a downpour, but I was generally impressed with how smart the system was about spacing out the wipes according to the amount of water on the windshield. And you can adjust the sensitivity in the same manner that you would adjust an intermittent system to suit your personal taste. Plus, it never once freaked out and went into high-speed mode for no reason.

Just set it in Auto and forget it. Exactly how it's supposed to work.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 5,153 miles.

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