2012 Mazda 3 Consumer Review: Smooth engine and transmission

2012 Mazda 3 - Consumer Review

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i Touring Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic w/SKYACTIV-G)

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Smooth engine and transmission
By durval20120m3 on


2012 Mazda 3 i Touring 4dr Sedan w/SKYACTIV-G (2.0L 4cyl 6A)


In shopping for a new car, I evaluated the following

Mazda 3 i Touring
Chevy Cruse LT
Hyundai Elantra GLS
Honda Civic EX
Ford Focus SE
Kia Forte EX

I chose the Mazda 3.

Pros for the Mazda 3

Fun to drive.
Smooth engine and transmission.
Nice interior.
5K miles later, I am averaging 37 MPG in mixed driving.

Cons for the Mazda 3

More rattles than I am used to in a new car.
Not as stable on highway on-ramps as I am used to.
This is probably due to the tire choice, they are high pressure and don't seem to offer the best grip.
Of course this is probably part of the reason I am getting 37 MPG.

The Cruze and the Elantra were also pretty good, but the engine in the Mazda won me over.

Best Features

The interior is nice. The bluetooth connectivity turned out to be an unexpected bonus. I regularly listen to audio books streamed from my itouch through the car stereo. No cable connections needed.
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By mazda3sedan
on 10/03/12 06:44 AM (PDT)

Sounds like your shopping and driving experiences are very similar to mine!

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