Wednesday, January 11, 2012

In the driveway: 2012 Mazda 3 i Grand Touring with SKYACTIV Technology

2012 Mazda 3 i Grand Touring with SKYACTIV engine - Subcompact Culture

In the driveway this week is the 2012 Mazda 3 i Grand Touring with the new SKYACTIV engine. What makes this engine so special? It is a gasoline-direct-injection mill that gets 29 city and 40 highway MPGs but still offers 155 hp.

This one is fully loaded with the Bose stereo, the six-speed auto, heated leather seats, and navigation. I really like the color. Not a huge fan of the sedan's somewhat bland overall look, but the trademarked "smiling" front end is still present. I do really like the interior, however.

As expected, this 3 has showcased Mazda's wonderful driving dynamics.overall thus far, although the 2.0-liter engine seems to have some odd throttle response. But hey, it's hard to argue about 40 MPG. This rig lists for $24,970, though—not cheap.

More about the Mazda later. Stay tuned.


Jeff Schmidt said...

Other than the front grin, it looks like a Saturn. It must be that small-looking rear door.

Unfortunately that gapping maw up front will keep me from buying a Mazda 3.

Matt H. said...

I like Mazda a lot. I commend them for improving existing technology and making it better. This proves you don't always need to go off the deep end when getting more mpg. While alternative powertrains are nice and a good start they aren't the end all be all. Plus the market right now isn't sucking them up (hybrids, electrics etc.).