2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3: Upscale Headlights

February 02, 2012

2012 Mazda Mazda3

This is a lot of headlight for a car that cost $25,520. But it's not as good as the superb headlights in our long-term Camry.

The 3, by virtue of being equipped with the Technology Package, includes Bi-Xenon headlights with an auto-leveling feature and an adaptive (self aiming) feature, which points the lights into a turn.

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I'm yet to capture an acceptable image of these lights' capabilities, but I have driven them on the same road and at the same time of night that I drove the Camry and Quest. I'll get an image the next time I drive the car, but here's my subjective report (as if a photo isn't subjective). 

Adequate reach and coverage. No hot spots. No distracting hard cut lines. But the adaptive feature doesn't really do much for me. And, more importantly, it doesn't make these lights any better than the Camry's more conventional set up.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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