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2012 Mazda Mazda3 Consumer Reviews

4.6
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Madza 3 twice!!!

by 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...
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 loving the design and mileage of the Mazda 3 with SkyActiv. After only a few weeks, the mileage is above the sticker of 29/40, but living rurally and rarely in traffic, I hoped it would be. Averaging close to 43 mpg. The style is like an in-expensive sports car, it is very comfortable, handles very nicely, fantastic sound system, and the built in blue tooth is wonderful. We financed at .9% for 36 months, so the terms are better than expected. We also bought the 2012 Mazda 3 hatchback, in the manual transmission with SkyActiv. More room than the sedan for carrying things, (like dogs for example) and equally fun to drive. They look very similar inside, but parked side by side they look quite different. I have owned 1 Mazda before, but if they keep pumping out cars like the 3 (the 6 was nice too, but more than i wanted to spend buying two cars) I will become a Mazda fan for many years to come. The one drawback is that most of the interiors are black, and living in the country it can be harder to keep clean, but still a very snazzy interior. Living in Vermont, it seems almost sacrilegious not owning at least one Subaru, but I have to admit I prefer the Mazda 3 over the Impreza without any reservations.
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Five Star Zoom Zoom

by from Washington, DC on February 7, 2012

I bought 2012 Mazda3 with SKYACTIV technology in Dec. This is my first "New" Car and boy am I happy with my choice. I compared other cars in the class such as Elantra, Focus, Corolla and even Altima. ...
I bought 2012 Mazda3 with SKYACTIV technology in Dec. This is my first "New" Car and boy am I happy with my choice. I compared other cars in the class such as Elantra, Focus, Corolla and even Altima. None came close to the performance Mazda3. I always expected Mazda3 to perform better but not by that much. 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 faster than I would like during slow downs at a stop light or something. Another thing I would improve is sound system. I dont have Bose system since we bought the base model, but common, the speakers could be better? Also, Mazda should allow customers to add blind spot sensor without needing to upgrade to higher car and then permitting technology package. It adds the cost by 4 grand to get a nice safety feature. Overall, we love the car and would recommend.
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Great Car

by from Lowell, MA on January 16, 2013

Purchased 2012 Mazda 3 HB with MT and now have 5500 miles on it. When it was warm outside I was easily getting 40 MPG, now that it is cold I average about 37. The seats can get a little uncomfortable ...
Purchased 2012 Mazda 3 HB with MT and now have 5500 miles on it. When it was warm outside I was easily getting 40 MPG, now that it is cold I average about 37. The seats can get a little uncomfortable on long drives of 2 hours or more. The only other thing I do not like is the idiot light placement, the high beam indicator and Cruise Control indicator are blocked by the top of the steering wheel. Other than that I am extreemly happy with the car.
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Love this car!

by from Long Beach, CA on October 21, 2012

I have the iGrand Touring, with leather, sun roof, the works! This car is sporty, fun to drive and gets awesome gas mileage. I know others have complained about a "dated" interior--to me, a designer, ...
I have the iGrand Touring, with leather, sun roof, the works! This car is sporty, fun to drive and gets awesome gas mileage. I know others have complained about a "dated" interior--to me, a designer, I think it looks nice and is well organized and comfortable. The seats are *very* comfortable! The car handles beautifully--it is precise, it responds very quickly when you step on the gas and the brakes are excellent. It gets excellent gas mileage--a priority for me since I live in Los Angeles, do lots of driving and am currently paying $4.50 a gallon :( I am averaging 30 mpg in the city--I would get better on the highway I am sure, but traffic on our highways is more like city driving, so I have no data on that. Where this car falls short is technology: In some ways, my 2004 PT Cruiser had better. The high end BOSE system does not even understand radio encoding to put a song name on the teeny tiny dashboard screen. It also is incompatible with iPhone/iPod song id's which means you have to break the law and pick up your phone to change songs. No bueno. Satellite radio is not standard on this most expensive model--why? The Elantra, costing thousands less, includes it. My old PT Cruiser included it. If these things were fixed, I would give this 5 stars in every way. But I do love the car, it wasnt a deal breaker, obviously :)
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2012 Mazda3 sedan Grand Touring Skyactiv automatic

by from Orange, CA on January 11, 2012

This car is efficient and sporty at the same time. In the month we've owned it, we've gotten superb mileage with it, even getting as much as 42 mpg on the freeway. The ride is firm, planted, and contr...
This car is efficient and sporty at the same time. In the month we've owned it, we've gotten superb mileage with it, even getting as much as 42 mpg on the freeway. The ride is firm, planted, and controlled, but comfortable. Going into curves is a lot of fun as you don't really have to slow down. The leather seats, which are heated, are very nice. Still need to figure out how to operate the navigation system. The Bose sound system sounds great with the Sirius satellite radio. There's a neat feature on the power exterior mirrors, which lets you know if there's a car in your blind spot. So far it's been a joy to drive... I can't think of a single complaint. For the money, we sure got a lot. Love this car!
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Fun Car

by from Tennessee on December 17, 2012

I wanted a fuel efficient car that was also fun to drive. I found both in the 2012 Mazda 3 with the new Skyactiv engine. Love the way this car handles, the way it looks and how infrequently I have to ...
I wanted a fuel efficient car that was also fun to drive. I found both in the 2012 Mazda 3 with the new Skyactiv engine. Love the way this car handles, the way it looks and how infrequently I have to go to the gas station. Averaging 33-35 mpg on my interstate commute with a little driving around town thrown in as well.
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Commuter's Car

by from Chicago, IL on May 15, 2014

I recently purchased a used 2012 Mazda3 touring i with the skyactiv engine. This car does exactly what I purchased it for... get great gas mileage. I am averaging 39 mpg with 80/20 highway/city drivin...
I recently purchased a used 2012 Mazda3 touring i with the skyactiv engine. This car does exactly what I purchased it for... get great gas mileage. I am averaging 39 mpg with 80/20 highway/city driving. It was between this car and a honda civic and after test driving both, this car won me over. The seats are hard as other reviews have mentioned, but if you are not picky about your comfort level they will be just fine. The interior design is nice for the price, but there are a lot of cheap plastics. The engine does have a good amount of prep for a 4 cylinder. After having a G37x with 328hp, its obviously a downgrade in power for me, but there is plenty of low end torque to get you moving from a stop. The car handles great and is very smooth. The turn radius is incredibly small for tight turns and U-turns. Road noise of the highway is not an issue at all. The bluetooth is great for streaming Pandora to the radio. Overall, this is a very practical, economic car that I am hoping is going to last for many years to come.
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BMW wannabe

by from Marietta, GA on December 12, 2011

Great handling (BMW like) - love it! The car feels very secure and solid. Plenty of power and torque AND FUN! I purchase a 2012 HB Sport Touring Automatic (Black). After 900 miles - the only thing tha...
Great handling (BMW like) - love it! The car feels very secure and solid. Plenty of power and torque AND FUN! I purchase a 2012 HB Sport Touring Automatic (Black). After 900 miles - the only thing that could make me a rating 5 happy would be better gas mileage. The 2.5L is powerful, but a tad thirsty. I've been averaging 25.4 mpg in mixed driving. Great car and would recommend purchasing. Check out the SkyActiv engine equipped if mileage is high on your priority list - almost as powerful as the 2.5L I've read. The car seems like a great value for the money.
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Commutermobile!

by from Tampa, FL on January 13, 2012

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 h...
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.
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2012 Mazda3 i Sport with manual transmission

by from Philly, PA on February 28, 2012

I purchased a 2012 Mazda3 i Sport sedan, non-Skyactiv, with a manual transmission about 3 months ago. The Mazda3 is a very sporty and fun car to drive. The suspension, handling, seating position, and...
I purchased a 2012 Mazda3 i Sport sedan, non-Skyactiv, with a manual transmission about 3 months ago. The Mazda3 is a very sporty and fun car to drive. The suspension, handling, seating position, and steering feel gives you the impression that you are driving a sports car. The car handles turns and curvy roads beautifully. Though the sporty suspension is a little bit more stiff than some people might be accustomed. It is not jarring, but you can definitely feel the bumps in the road more than you will in a softer suspension. I like the way the suspension is tuned, but it is not for everyone. The car accelerates quickly enough for me. I never find myself wishing that I need more power or faster acceleration. The car has all disc brakes, and the stopping power is sufficient. The fuel efficiency varies depending on how you drive the car and weather conditions. I have only driven the car in winter conditions thus far, and in 20 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures doing mostly (90%) city driving, and driving with a heavy foot I average 24-25 MPG. In milder temperatures and driving for efficiency I have reached up to 31 city MPG. My car does not have the Skyactiv model, which gets better fuel efficiency. There is plenty of space in the front for the driver and passenger. The seats are comfortable. The driver's seating position is good, everything that you need is in arm's length and forward visibility is excellent. Rear visibility is mediocre, but that seems to be the trend with all new cars because of safety mandates. Passenger room for the rear seats are adequate for children or even for adults on short trips, but I would not want to go on a road trip in the back seat of my sedan. The cargo room in the trunk is large for a sedan. I was actually surprised at how spacious it was when I first opened it. The stereo / CD player in the i Sport is pretty good. It is plenty loud and clear enough for me. The interface for the gadgets is pretty simple, so figuring out how to use the gadgets is not confusing. One drawback for my car model is it doesn't have a USB port, but it does have a Aux input so MP3 or phone devices can be plugged in. As for reliability, I cannot speak for that yet. I have not had any problems yet, but I would hope that no problems would surface 3 months into ownership. I have no regret about my Mazda3 purchase. I am very pleased with the car and I have no complaints. I love driving it and I go out of my way to make unnecessary trips just to get behind the wheel. For the price I paid for the car I could not have gotten a better buy for my money. The Mazda3 really does have the Zoom-Zoom feel. I hope the car remains reliable and that I can keep it for many years.
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