2012 Mazda 3: Weak Sauce A/C
July 30, 2012
I'll get right to it: The Mazda 3's air conditioning doesn't cut it. Not even close. SoCal had mid-80-degree temperatures last weekend -- not that hot by desert standards -- and we spent a lot of time being uncomfortable. I'm not the first to notice this, either. This is a hot topic in Edmunds forums and it's been mentioned by commentors in previous blogs.
The system needed about 15 minutes of driving time to drop the 3's interior temperature to comfortable levels. Bring it to halt and the cooling efficiency drops significantly. I suspect if it were 100 degrees, it wouldn't be able to keep up at all. We owned a first-generation Mazda 3 which suffered the same problem, but we kept that car for five years in this climate and I never remember being this uncomfortable.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor