2012 Mazda Mazda3  -  $16,595

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $16,595
Base Invoice: $15,596
Destination Charge: $795
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn Man i SV *Ltd Avail*
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 28 | City: 25 | Hwy: 33
Body Style: 4dr Sdn Man i SV *Ltd Avail*
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
Engine: 2.0L DOHC EFI 16-valve I4 engine

Model Highlights

For 2012, the Mazda3 continues to be available in both sedan and 4-door hatchback body styles. Buyers have their choice between i, s and new SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY versions. The car was completely redesigned for the 2010 model year, so updates for 2012 are modest, but important. Styling has been updated slightly, with a redesigned grille and rear valence, but the biggest news is an all-new high-efficiency engine combination under the hood.

The 3 starts with a 148-horsepower 2.0L 4-cylinder engine when ordered with the i package. Order the s and you get a 2.5L 167-horsepower 4-cylinder engine. The all-new SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY package features a special 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, making 155 horsepower. Finally, at the top of the range, the MazdaSpeed 3 returns with a turbocharged 2.3L 4-cylinder engine, making 263 horsepower. The i comes equipped with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission, while 2.5L models get a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic. SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY buyers have their choice of manual or automatic 6-speeds, and the MazdaSpeed 3 is only available with the performance-oriented 6-speed manual. Mileage figures come in at 25/33 mpg for the manual-equipped i, while the manual s is rated at 20/28 mpg. Automatic SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY models achieve an impressive 28/40 mpg, according to Mazda.

The new SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY package works via a lighter combination of parts (4.4 pounds lighter than the 2.0L engine), special multi-port fuel injectors for better fuel spray inside each cylinder, specially designed pistons that allow shorter combustion times and dual sequential valve timing. Mazda says the new engine features a new drive control system as well, which helps to let the engine and transmission work better as a combination, giving the car much better reaction to driver input.

The i comes in SV, Sport and Touring trims, while the s sedan and hatchback can be fitted in Touring or Grand Touring trims. SKYACTIV TECHNOLGY models are available in both hatchback and sedan body styles. Overall, the 3 continues to be practical small car, with enough room for four adults when required.

Standard safety features include advanced front airbags, side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, stability control, and traction control. An optional blind spot monitoring system is available as well, but only on Grand Touring models fitted with the Technology Package.

Base models come with cloth upholstery, power mirrors and windows, tilt/telescopic steering column, 60/40 split folding rear bench seat and AM/FM/CD stereo. The i Touring adds niceties like air conditioning, cruise control, power locks, keyless entry, and electronic stability control. The s Touring and s Grand Touring come equipped with a sunroof and 10-speaker Bose audio. The Technology package consists of in-dash navigation, satellite radio, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth, HomeLink garage door opener, keyless entry and starting, and bi-xenon headlamps that turn with steering input.


Small size, sporty performance from S and MazdaSpeed 3 models, excellent fuel economy thanks to new SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.

Model News

The Mazda3 has gone through a few notable changes for 2012. The first is the addition of Mazda's SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. The new technology boosts fuel economy to nearly 40 mpg on the highway. It pairs a direct-injected 2.0L engine with a special 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, and helps to shave some weight from the outgoing model. Other changes across the model range include a revised grille, new headlamps, and a redesigned rear valence panel. Also new this year is a base model hatchback edition -- previously, buyers had to order the s trim to get the 5-door hatchback body.

Value Writeup

The Mazda3 has been Mazda's best-selling vehicle for several years, representing nearly half of Mazda's U.S.-market sales, and it's easy to understand why. It's a high-quality car that's simple, small, and sporty, which help it to stand out in an increasingly crowded small car segment. And this year's addition of the economical SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY makes it an even more inviting alternative to the Hyundai Elantra Touring, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

EPA Classification

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
33 MPG

Cruising Range - City
362.50 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
25 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
28 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
478.50 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4


Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
135 @ 4500

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Total Cooling System Capacity
7.9 qts

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
94.1 ft³

Front Head Room
38.9 in

Front Leg Room
42.0 in

Front Shoulder Room
54.9 in

Front Hip Room
53.7 in

Second Head Room
37.5 in

Second Leg Room
36.2 in

Second Shoulder Room
54.0 in

Second Hip Room
52.2 in

103.9 in

Length, Overall
180.9 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
69.1 in

Height, Overall
57.9 in

Track Width, Front
60.4 in

Track Width, Rear
59.8 in

Min Ground Clearance
4.7 in

Trunk Volume
11.8 ft³

Base Curb Weight
2866 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
16 x 6.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
16 x 6.5 in

Spare Wheel Size
15 x -TBD- in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
34.2 ft

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall
35.8 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.9 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.4 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
14.5 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Although not included in the star rating, the rear passenger dummy's thoracic rib deflection reading was elevated.

2.0L DOHC EFI 16-valve I4 engine -inc: variable valve timing (VVT)

Aluminum alloy engine block

Black urethane engine cover

5-speed manual transmission w/OD

Front wheel drive

Distributor-less ignition

100-amp alternator

Front independent MacPherson strut suspension w/coil springs

Rear independent multi-link suspension w/coil springs

Front/rear stabilizer bars

Electro-hydraulic pwr assist steering (EHPAS) system

Variable pwr rack & pinion steering

Pwr front ventilated/rear solid disc brakes

Stainless steel exhaust -inc: manifold, main silencer, pipe, single outlet

Underhood insulator pad

16" x 6.5" steel wheels w/full wheel covers

P205/55HR16 all-season tires

T115/70D15 temporary spare tire

Body-color front/rear bumpers

Black roof molding

Sport-type matte grille insert & trim

Halogen headlights

Multi-reflector taillights

Body-color manual-folding pwr mirrors

2-speed variable-intermittent front windshield wipers

Body-color door handles

Body-color fuel door

AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (4) speakers, automatic level control (ALC), digital clock, aux audio input jack

Satellite radio prewire *Requires additional dealer-installed hardware*

Integrated rear window antenna

Cloth seat trim

Reclining front bucket seats

60/40 split fold-down rear seat

Front/rear outboard adjustable headrests

Center console w/covered storage compartments

(2) 12-volt pwr outlets

Dual front cupholders w/lids

Full carpeting

Front/rear carpet floor mats

Driver foot rest

Tilt/telescopic steering column

3-spoke urethane steering wheel w/audio controls

Black gauges -inc: white lettering, red nighttime illumination

Gauges & controls illumination w/dial-type dimming control

Instrumentation -inc: speedometer, tachometer, (2) resettable trip odometers

Warning lamps -inc: brake system, high-beam on, turn signals on, hazard warning on, check engine, engine oil pressure, battery charge, defogger-on, air bags, front seat belt pretensioner system, door-ajar, low fuel, low coolant temp, ABS system, cruise control on, tire pressure monitoring system

Pwr windows w/driver side 1-touch up/down feature

Pwr door locks -inc: 2-stage unlocking, central locking, speed & transmission sensitive auto door lock

Remote releases -inc: fuel door, hood, trunk

Engine immobilizer anti-theft system

Rear heater ducts

Rear window defogger

Front side window demisters

Illuminated glove box

Cigarette lighter

Silver center console panel

Black steering wheel switch bezel

Silver driver & passenger side decoration panels & door handles

Cloth door trim -inc: front/rear bottle holders, front storage pockets

Gray molded cloth headliner

Dual vinyl-covered visors -inc: covered vanity mirrors

(3) passenger assist grips

Black urethane shift knob

(2) coat hooks

Lighting -inc: front map lights, dome light, ignition keyhole

Cargo area light

Full cargo area trim

Passenger side seatback pocket

Driver side storage bin

Trunk lid opener cancel system (trunk latch type)

Anti-lock brake system w/electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), brake assist

Dynamic stability control (DSC) w/traction control system (TCS)

Front/rear side-impact door beams

Driver/front passenger advanced airbags (SRS) -inc: crash zone, drivers seat position, passenger weight sensors

Front seat mounted driver/front passenger side-impact air bags (SRS)

Front/rear side curtain air bags

Front seat belt pretensioners w/force limiters, height adjustable

3-point seat belts for all positions

Child safety rear door locks

Rear seat child safety seat lower anchors & upper tethers (LATCH)

Collapsible steering column

Crashable brake pedal

Whiplash-reducing active front headrests

Trunk entrapment release system

Tire pressure monitoring system

Triple-H construction

















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