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2012 Mazda MAZDA3 - Consumer Opinions


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We have scoured the web for consumer reviews of this car and found the best ones for you to read. Found 28 reviews. This list is displayed in ranked order based the reviews we think are the best.
2012 Mazda 3

..."Just an alright car. Gas mileage not great, about 25 MPG so far.
Only bought the car due to Zero percent financing. Finance dept tries to sell you everything from gap insurance to windshield coverage. (I guess they don't do rustproofing anymore?)...

Second Mazda 3 - same zoom; better mileage
Source: Edmunds

...We traded in a 2004 mazda 3 sedan for a 2012 mazda 3 i Grand Touring hatchback with all the options.
Also looked at the Focus Titanium and Subaru Impreza.
Both seemed like solid cars, but Focus was more expensive for similar specs, and we don't need the AWD (and slightly lower mpg) of the Impreza.
The Mazda hatchback has plenty of room in the hatch for a medium-size dog, and is still a fun-to-drive compact car. Our mileage has been in the low 30's in mixed driving...

2012 Mazda 3 with 1200 miles on it now.
Source: Edmunds

...I love this car. I upgraded from a 2004 Passat. The SKYACTIV-G engine truly performs. I've been getting a combined 34.8 mpg with mostly city driving but with a few long distance bouts. On my distance trips, I've been getting 40-44 mpg at around 70 mph. I generally drive like a grandpa but it's difficult NOT to accelerate quickly in this car! The seats are not nearly as bad as what other people say. I'm 6'0 and they fit me rather well. As for the complaints about the interior controls, I find them rather intuitive. In regards to weird noises from the engine, I haven't heard anything...

economy with comfort
Source: MSN Autos

...Pros: Great mpg. Cons: No auto lights. Lack of storage.
Overall: After driving a pickup truck for the past 30 years I was skeptical.
The comfort is very good. Still getting used to sitting so low.
i touring is very fun to drive. Never had hands free calling before....A must from now on. I am digging not going broke at the gas pump...

Great Car

..."I bought the 2012 Skyactiv Mazda 3- The mpg is very close to the advertised amount! It rides so smoothly and looks super cool"...

Finally a fun economical car.
Source: MSN Autos

...Pros: Fuel mileage, acceleration, and handling. Pretty good trunk space for a small car as well.
Cons: Sometimes hit my head getting in the drivers side, and I'm 5'10" so a tall man may have a more difficult time getting in.
Overall: Too bad the new Skyactive model wasn't reviewed, as it gets way better mileage and peppier engine.
With mostly around town driving, I get a little over 30 mpg, and over 40 on the highway. This is a real fun car to drive with great handling and responsive acceleration. I really love this car!...

Best in Class
Source: Edmunds

...The Civic's handling is just as good as the Mazda 3 and the LX has way better standard features. I've driven almost 1000 miles and have very few complaints. I drive about 60 miles a day (mixed) and with the 'Econ' feature off I get about 36 mpg, when it's on I get about 38mpg. The handling and build quality of the car are outstanding. The seats could be more comfortable and the standard speakers have muddy mids and highs, but good bass. I paid almost $1000 less than INVOICE so that was a huge factor in me getting the Civic. I have no complaints about road noise but the engine can get loud...

I got the skyactiv mazda3!
Source: Edmunds

...I considered the new elantra, it was a sleek car and gets great mpg like the 3, but I was still biased towards the reliability of japanese cars. And the civic & corolla looked so plain---they were everywhere. I have read some user reviews here about the sound they hear from the engine is a problem. When not used to something, it doesn't neccessarily mean it's broken. It has a new engine, so don't exepct old school appeal. It may make more noise to warm it up than a standard gas engine, but after that it's great. I tried the new impreza w/ cvt, the sound was weird but not broken...


..."I traded in my '08 MX-5 as i needed better mileage and wanted to use regular gas.
The Mazda3 Hatchback gave me what I wanted....with SkyActiv tech,
the gas mileage after 3 weeks is 32.5 mpg....and I have room for my golf clubs on the weekend,
or I can comfortably carry my 5 yr old grandson in the back seat...I loved my MX-5, but need to keep my costs down over the next 5 years."...

Five Star Zoom Zoom

...I have driven her for about 900 miles now. The fuel efficiency @ 32.5 MPG was little disappointing for first tank but I got 35.5 MPG for second tank, all in combined driving. Much better than sticker of 32 combined. The best part is that one does not have to sacrifice the handling, sportiness or the acceleration to get this high MPG with SKYACTIV. The car handles really well. No slowing down to take the corner, no loud engine noise at high speeds. The 6 speed Auto with dual clutch manual shift is smooth. One does not even feel the gears shift. Only thing I found was the car downshifting...

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