2012 Mazda 3: Acceptable Use of Plastic
February 29, 2012
Never a big fan of plastic engine covers. They usually look so out of place, mostly because they're tacked on as an afterthought.
Now, I'm not saying that the Mazda 3's engine cover is a work of art, but at least it looks as though someone took more than a few minutes to design it. The fact that it's blue is part of the Skyactiv theme, so it has nothing to do with the exterior color. A lid to cover the crankcase cap and dipstick would have been a nice touch, but on a car in this price range that's probably too much to ask.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line