2012 Mazda 3 1.6 petrol from Israel

Summary:

A more sporty small family saloon than a Corolla or Civic

Faults:

Driver's seat belt from new.

Gearbox leak at 40,000 km.

General Comments:

Comfortable seats and driving position.

A driver's car, but smooth for passengers also.

Hugs the road in most conditions and is fun to drive.

The 1.6L engine is adequate for both town and intercity driving, and not especially under powered as some claim.

Poor petrol consumption in town - 7-8 km per litre (18-19 MPG) - even with gentle speed, acceleration and braking, but remarkably better on a long run with 20-25km per litre (50 MPG ++) possible. I average 27-31 MPG with mixed motoring.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2018

2012 Mazda 3 Sport 2.2 diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Unnecessary bling, but specced down

Faults:

Nothing

General Comments:

Very quick indeed, but not very economical for a diesel (my Volvo V70 D5 was better in that respect).

A bit of a disappointment in respect of the things that were standard on the previous Mazda 3 Sport, but are now absent e.g.

No headlamp washers anymore.

No Xenon headlights anymore.

No one touch control of the windows (apart from driver's window) anymore.

No windscreen washer fluid level warning light anymore.

Limited adjustment of the seats.

No Skyactiv engine in Europe, despite the rest of the world markets having it.

Expensive metallic paint; it's standard in the USA!

No engine temperature gauge anymore.

Very small satnav screen with no speed indication.

Very noisy Toyo tyres.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th June, 2013

2012 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed 2.3t from North America

Summary:

Best SPORTY hatch under 25k

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong, but I have started to notice it is very easy for the car to pop out of gear. And it can be difficult to change gear.

General Comments:

Very quick, handles well for a car of its size.

Very roomy, great Bose system, MPG is OK, but could be better (I average 25 driving mostly 90% highway).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th January, 2013

2012 Mazda 3 i Grand Touring SkyActiv-G 2.0 from North America

Summary:

As Mazda use to advertise - GLC (Great Little Car)

Faults:

Nothing as of yet (I've owned the car for two weeks).

General Comments:

Great car so far! The gas mileage is terrific! I am averaging about 40 MPG with the six speed automatic transmission.

The heated leather driver and passenger seats are nice on those chilly evenings and cold mornings. The interior is quiet, and everything is easy to reach and see.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2012

2012 Mazda 3 Touring 2.0 SkyActiv from North America

Summary:

41 MPG is all that matters with high gas prices

Faults:

Nothing, it is new.

General Comments:

The car gets 41 MPG. It is fast, fun to drive, and holy cow is it cheap to operate. Did I mention it gets 41 MPG and I don't take it easy on the car?

I am extremely pleased. I will continue to update this as the car gets older.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th October, 2012

10th Oct 2012, 23:34

If you're rough on your car, expect repairs sooner rather than later...

2012 Mazda 3 5 Door 2.5 from North America

Summary:

Great car

Faults:

Heat shield nuts fell off and had to be replaced.

General Comments:

This car has quite a bit of room for a smaller car, and there is plenty of power.

The car handles very well on wet and dry roads. For a lot of snow driving, I would change to a different tire.

I am very pleased with this car so far.

The little light that glows on the ceiling can be a little too much. I just put a tiny piece of tape over mine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2012