2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3: What To Do With $25,000

May 11, 2012

 2012 Mazda Mazda3

Our 2012 Mazda 3 has an MSRP of $25,520. It's an excellent urban runabout with just about every Mazda 3 feature included, plus great utility and fuel economy. But it's not very exciting.

Alternate choice: for $24,795 MSRP, you could get a Mazdaspeed 3, just without the Technology package.

Of course, it's easy to say "I'd buy the MS3!" But would you really in the real world, with the added insurance, stiffer ride, lower fuel economy and manual-only transmission?

So what say you?

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor


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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

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

$144 per month*
* Explanation