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2012 Mazda Mazda3
2012 Mazda Mazda3
Available Price Range $6,658-$14,762 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 24-33 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Mazda Mazda3

Our Take

The 2012 Mazda3 ushers in some exterior and interior revisions but is most notable for introducing new high-efficiency technologies marketed under the SkyActiv name, including an optional engine claimed to earn the car as much as 40 mpg on the highway. Like in the 2011 model year, the 2012 Mazda... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Higher mileage costs more
  • Styling still controversial

Notable Features

  • Sedan or four-door hatchback
  • Light exterior restyling
  • Interior tweaks
  • Highway mpg up to 40
  • New seat fabric patterns
  • Manual or automatic transmission


Our Expert Reviews

Thanks to new drivetrains, the 2012 Mazda3 has fuel economy ratings as high as 40 mpg on the highway. That's a big gain over last year that addresses a major shortcoming in the brand's most popular car. After all, at least five 40-mpg competitors will be on sale by this summer. The bandwagon is unstoppable, and now Mazda has a seat on board. The 2012 Mazda3's refinement issues wi... Read full review for the 2012 Mazda Mazda 3

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Madza 3 twice!!!

by HerbieX2 from Burlington,VT on March 28, 2012

Looking to replace a 2005 Subaru Impreza I wanted gas mileage and comfort. We spents weeks looking at and driving the Volkwagen TDI, Subaru Impreza, Ford Fusion, and the Hyundai Elantra. We ended up l... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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