INTRO: With fashionably sporty looks and the stylish interior of pricier cars, the 2012 Mazda3, in sedan or hatchback versions, presents a youthful, attractive appearance in a compact 5-passenger package. Available in "i" and "s" series and spanning 4 trim levels, the Mazda3 presents lots of options.
FEATURES: Standard in the "i"-series are 16-inch wheels while higher trims roll on 17-inch alloy wheels. The top-of-the-line Grand Touring gains a power sunroof. The optional Adaptive Front-Lighting System is a compact segment first. Electronic stability control is standard in all models.
PERFORMANCE: All Mazda3's are equipped with front wheel drive. Exclusive to the i-series Touring and Grand Touring models is the new high compression SKYACTIV 155 horsepower 2-liter inline-4 engine. It can be mated to a specially designed 6-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed automatic. S-series Grand Touring models get a larger 2.5-liter engine.
FUEL ECONOMY: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
WARRANTY: The Mazda3 is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: Whether it's the sedan or hatchback, Mazda's flair for upbeat styling and youthful good looks distinguishes the Mazda3 from other compacts in its class.