2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test


2012 Mazda Mazda3: Wait, I Do Like Front Plates

August 13, 2012

2012 Mazda Mazda3

Over the weekend, I had occasion to street-park the Mazda 3 in a parking-starved area of Eagle Rock. I happened upon a space that had room for 1.75 Mazda 3 hatchbacks. I didn't want anyone to park behind me, so I backed up all the way to where the unpainted curb turned to red, leaving room in front of me for a Mini or Smart. Instead, we came back from dinner to find a Camry had made room.

 

2012 Mazda Mazda3

And although California's front plate requirement has brought me considerable inconvenience over the years, it offered some peace of mind/more crumple zone in this situation. Mind you, I couldn't find a single love mark left by the Camry, so I guess the driver managed this feat without touching (or just without leaving a mark). Next time, I won't leave so much room.

A wider shot, taken by by my spouse with his BlackBerry.

 

2012 Mazda Mazda3

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 13,140 miles

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