2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test


2012 Mazda 3: Weak Sauce A/C, Part 2

August 29, 2012

As we've previously mentioned, the 3 doesn't exactly have your back when the mercury rises.

Today it was 90 degrees out, and I found myself constantly checking to make sure that I'd actually activated the Mazda's A/C. Since the air coming out of the vents was moderately cool and not cold, I thought for a minute that I had only the fan turned on. When the weather situation is dire enough to reduce you to a sticky puddle of sweat in mere seconds, you want frost and icicles in the cabin, not a mild breeze.

I spent 20 minutes in the 3 today, and at the end of it, the cabin still wasn't completely cooled. Lots to love about our cheerful little Mazda, but blazing-hot weather is its kryptonite, apparently.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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