2012 Mazda MazdaSpeed3

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11 reviews
Available Price Range $12,596-$19,952 Trims2 Combined MPG 21 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2012 Mazda MazdaSpeed3

Our Take

The five-seat Mazdaspeed3 is the performance version of the compact Mazda3. It's powered by a 263-horsepower, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 280 pounds-feet of torq... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Controversial styling
  • No all-wheel drive
  • Gas mileage
  • Moonroof not offered

Notable Features

  • Newly available blind spot warning system
  • Sport suspension
  • Functional hood scoop
  • 263-hp, turbocharged engine
  • Front-wheel drive


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 wil... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

Based on 11 reviews

Nice sports car

by Mazdaspeed 3 from Houston, TX on November 6, 2011

Bought new 2012 mazdaspeed 3 a month ago. Car drives amazing. Interior is nicely designed. its got more than enough power to keep up with the v8s. Only thing I don't enjoy that much is the suspension.... Read Full Review

2 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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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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