2012 Mazda 3 i Grand Touring: Adaptive HID Headlights
June 10, 2012
I dig the adaptive bi-xenon HID headlights fitted to our 2012 Mazda 3 i Grand Touring. In addition to spitting out clear bright light, they turn as you steer the front wheels to illuminate the inside of corners and they auto-level themselves as you add passengers and cargo.
Steerable auto-leveling HID adaptive lighting is a semi-common option farther upmarket, but they're pretty much unheard of at the budget end of the compact segment where the Mazda 3 plays.
That said, one must cough up enough dough for the Grand Touring model and then opt for the $1,400 Technology Package to get these babies. We're talking a minimum MSRP (including destination) of $25,345. But at least the required Tech package also includes rain sensing wipers, blind spot monitoring (with an off switch for heavy traffic areas where such systems tend to go off constantly), and other stuff.
I'm a big fan of compacts. They've consistently been my go-to choice even when I could afford something bigger. In the past I've always resented having to make the choice of either doing without or stepping up to a larger size than I wanted. Today, it seems, a wider range of compact options means they offer something for everyone.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing