The Mazda 3 is another car that I featured as part of the article: Belonging is important: The 40 mpg club.
Over the years, Mazda has advertised their cars as having Zoom-Zoom. Not only does the Mazda 3 have zoom-zoom but it does it getting 40 mpg.
So what does the 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv-G have to offer on a twisty road near you?
The Mazda 3 is a compact five-passenger front-wheel drive four-door sedan or five door hatch.
The engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder providing 155 hp and 148 ft. lb. of torque. The transmission is a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox. This Mazda’s 0-60 mph time is in 7.8 seconds.
The Mazda 3 has a wheelbase measuring 103.9 inches and the trunk offers 11.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The car’s fuel tank holds 14.5 gallons and its highway cruising range is an impressive 560 miles.
On the exterior the Mazda 3 has a modern and sporty look.
At the front the windshield is well raked and curved back (the Cd. is a wind-cheating .28). The hood is very compact in length and contains V shaped cut lines and recesses at the edges. The headlights are slit units that travel well up the front fenders. The grille and air intake appear to be combined, however, the blacked out bumper actually separates the two. Black vertical inserts at the corners completes the car’s distinctive front end.
The 3’s side profile flows back as if it was a coupe. The upper part of the rear fender extends out and the trunk’s side edge is distinctive. There are character lines that extend from the tip of the front headlight and from the tip of the rear taillight. Additionally, there is character line on the lower part of the doors. A substantial amount of the front headlight and rear taillight can be seen in the fenders.
At the rear this four-door sedan has a rear window that curves down to the trunk. The trunk lid is short and flat and it contains a lip at the edge. The taillights are horizontal units and taper down in the trunk. The lower part of the truck lid and bumper contain detail work that provides a contrast to the flat area above. A single round exhaust outlet is located on the left side.
The interior of the Mazda 3 has a sporty appearance. The attention to detail and fit and finish are good. The driver views a visored gauge area that includes a large round tachometer on the left and speedometer on the right. Additionally, digital information is provided in between these gauges. The front bucket seats are very comfortable and include good side bolstering. Many of the car’s controls are located in a curved out center stack located above the console. At the back the rear legroom is adequate. The 40/60 split rear seat folds down to increase the cargo area.
The brakes are discs at all four corners measuring 10.9 inches at the front and 10.4 inches at the rear. This Mazda’s 60-0 mph stopping distance is in 129 feet. The tires measure 205 55 16 inch.
The suspension at the front includes MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar. At the rear the setup includes a multi-links, coil springs, twin-tube shock absorbers, trailing links and a stabilizer bar.
Standard features on this Mazda include air conditioning, remote power door locks, windows and mirrors, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, electric power steering, audio controls on the steering wheel, front and rear cup holders, front reading lights, intermittent wipers, interior air filtration, rear window defogger, external temperature display, remote trunk release, 12 volt power outlets, retained accessory power, 4-speaker AM/FM in dash single CD player with CD MP3 playback stereo, speed sensitive volume control, auxiliary audio input and more.
Standard safety features include four-wheel ABS brakes, front and rear head air bags, dual front side-mounted air bags, passenger air bag sensing deactivation, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, engine immobilizer, emergency brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, stability and traction control, tire pressure monitoring and more.
The EPA fuel rating for the Mazda 3 Skyactiv-G is 27 city and 40 mpg highway.
On the road this sporty Mazda offers good acceleration, precise handling, a well equipped-interior and good fuel economy.
The 2012 Mazda 3 Skyactiv-G’s MSRP starts at $19,245.
If you want a compact sedan that offers good acceleration, has nimble handling, many features and is fun to drive (zoom-zoom), the 2012 Mazda 3 Skyactiv-G is a solid car to consider!
Kyle Busch is the author of “Drive the Best for the Price: How to Buy a Used Automobile, Sport-Utility Vehicle, or Minivan and Save Money.” His automotive site: www.DriveTheBestBook.com includes an exclusive article just for you, additional car articles, information about Kyle Busch and his 510,000 mile car, and you can even submit your automotive questions and get expert answers. Follow Kyle on Facebook and Twitter.