Mazda 3

In published reviews,
critics awarded this
vehicle an average
overall score of:

85
Priced From $16,700
MPG 29.0
Styles Reviewed
SedanSedan Scores for this style only
HatchbackHatchback Scores for this style only

MotorAuthority.com

02/18/12
2012-02-18
87
100

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Viknesh Vijayenthiran Viknesh Vijayenthiran Score Pending 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback

The 2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 is a very well equipped hot hatch packing a turbocharged engine. Practicality is a strong suit of the Mazdaspeed3, as it has been since the model’s inception.

Edmunds.com

10/24/11
2011-10-24
87
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Erin Riches Erin Riches Score Pending 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback

Driving the 2012 Mazda 3 on back roads reminds us why it remains a favorite of ours in the compact car class. The fuel mileage is for real with the new drivetrains, and unlike most other approaches to maximizing mpg, they don’t put a damper on the fun.

New York Times

03/09/12
2012-03-09
87
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Lawrence Ulrich Lawrence Ulrich 7.3 out of 10 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback

The Mazda 3 combines fun with frugality like no direct rival. As ever, Mazda’s finely wrought steering and suspension impart a sportiness and sophistication that cannot be faked.

LeftLane News

03/16/12
2012-03-16
87
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback

The 2012 Mazda3i Touring Skyactiv hatchback is a pure, simple and fun compact car that gets among the best fuel economy this segment has seen.

Wall Street Journal

02/04/12
2012-02-04
87
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2012 Mazda 3 Sedan

As pleasures go, counting mpg isn’t frolicking with wood nymphs. But with the old Mazda3, people who loved the driving were tweaked by the car’s relatively poor fuel economy—pleasure versus wisdom, if you will. With SkyActiv, those clouds seem to have parted.

Automobile Magazine

04/09/12
2012-04-09
87
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Joe Lorio Joe Lorio 8.3 out of 10 2012 Mazda 3 Sedan

Happily, squeezing more miles out of every gallon has not squeezed the fun out of the Mazda3 driving experience. The car’s essential goodness remains.

AutoBlog.com

05/17/12
2012-05-17
87
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Dan Roth Dan Roth Score Pending 2012 Mazda 3 Sedan

The Mazda3 Skyactiv may be the sleeper story of the year. While other players in this segment offer slicker styling choices and truckloads of equipment, choices are thin on the ground if you want to actually enjoy yourself behind the wheel.

Popular Mechanics

10/20/11
2011-10-20
86
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Ben Stewart Ben Stewart Score Pending 2012 Mazda 3 Sedan

When you consider the efficiency, the driving enjoyment, and level of equipment available, a Skyactiv Mazda3 moves to the top of our compact-car shopping list.

Washington Post

01/28/12
2012-01-28
86
100

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Warren Brown Warren Brown 7.3 out of 10 2012 Mazda 3 Sedan

Don’t let its looks fool you. The Mazda3 is addictive, arguably as much fun to drive as a more powerful and expensive automobile. It is engineering magic performed with lightweight materials.

New Car Test Drive

11/05/11
2011-11-05
86
100

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Sam Moses Sam Moses 7.2 out of 10 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback

The 2012 Mazda3 with SkyActiv 2.0-liter package is an impressive achievement, with zoom-zoom performance, wonderful automatic and manual transmissions, ideal controls, and 40 miles per gallon on the highway.

CarReview.com

03/25/12
2012-03-25
86
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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David Colman David Colman Score Pending 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback

To find a car in this class that standardizes such features as heated seats, navigation, Bluetooth and Bose acoustics seems like a far fetched dream. If you’re not a performance freak, you’ll find plenty else to love in the Mazda3 5 Door.

TheTruthAboutCars.com

09/07/11
2011-09-07
85
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Brendan McAleer Brendan McAleer Score Pending 2011 Mazda 3 Hatchback

The Mazda3 is practical, it’s fun to drive, it’s comfortable, it can be got with plenty of bells and whistles for such a small car, and it holds its value better than big-sister ’6.

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