2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3: When You Could Use More Space

September 18, 2012

Car Guy's Nightmare

Last month 06scooby wrote about his new Mazda 5 over on the Readers Ride blog. And a few days ago I happened to park next to this white 5 with our Mazda 3. It got me to thinking: as much as I like our 3, I have to admit that the mini-minivan 5 would actually be better suited for my current life situation (suburbia, wife, two kids) thanks to its additional interior room and sliding doors. I wouldn't give up much in terms of acceleration or handling, either. But fuel economy is noticably lower with the 5 (24 versus 32 mpg combined).

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:

$142 per month*
* Explanation