2012 Mazda 3: I'd Get The Skyactiv Engine
May 07, 2012
I filled up the Mazda 3 today. Calculating it out, I got 35 mpg from a 365-mile mix of highway and city driving. That even includes the back road drive I did last week. I'm impressed.
Were I buying a 2012 Mazda 3, I think I'd go with the 2.0-liter Skyactiv engine. I wouldn't miss the 2.5-liter engine. Sure, it's a little more powerful, but I'd trade that for the better fuel economy. The only thing that would be a drag would be not being able to get the features that Mazda offers for the S trim level (2.5-liter engine only), such as the keyless ignition/entry and the front sport seats.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 9,108 miles