2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test


2012 Mazda Mazda3:Time for a Change

August 28, 2012

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My friend Matt, a car geek, always asks me what car I'm driving when I stop by his ice cream shop. When I told him that it was our long-term 2012 Mazda 3, he was less than impressed. "They haven't changed that in forever, right?" he asked. "Well, they changed its engine..." I started to say but he already tuned out.

He has a point though. Personally I can't wait until Mazda redesigns the look of the Mazda 3. It's a popular car because it's a great all-rounder, so it feels like I see it EVERYwhere.

Unfortunately, a news report recently talked about a face-lifted 2012 Mazda 3 coming out mid-October but only in terms of getting the "new Skyactiv 2.0 direct-injection gasoline engine and six-speed automatic transmission." Foiled again.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Mazda Mazda3 in VA is:

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