In August of 2013 I purchased my very first “new car” from a local Mazda dealer and fell in love. I bought a 2012 Mazda3 iTouring hatchback with the all-new SkyActiv engine/transmission/chassis makeover released on 2012 Mazda3s. When I purchased this vehicle my main needs were
1- Fuel Economy
When I bought this vehicle I was commuting about 80-90 miles a day between work and school and getting home. The SkyActiv treatment from Mazda netted me an average of 37 miles per gallon on regular 87 octane fuel. For a college student’s budget- this was great news.
2- Cargo Room
My job requires that I work out of my vehicle for a large part of the day, and between the hatchback body style, and well-engineered interior space, the Mazda exceeded my needs and was more than commodious for my Christmas gift haul from Cabelas leaving the store with a fireplace and other bulky items for my country family.
3- Style and Community
This was low on the priority list, but as a car enthusiast, was still necessary. The styling of the front of this vehicle is… Polarizing… And we’ll leave it at that. I personally love the styling of the entire vehicle and the SkyBlue Mica paint job only added more lust. The Mazda community, I would come to find out is quite large and the people I have met through the community are generous and kind, and I have made some very good friends through the local Mazda community in my area.
Over the course of a year of ownership of this vehicle I experienced no mechanical problems with it and had nothing but great experience in the service department at the dealership I purchased from. All services were reasonably priced and the service was superb.
I love Mazda build quality, in my opinion, they well surpass other Japanese manufacturers in fit and finish and material choices. The SkyActiv engine was noticeably tuned for economy, but worked well with the 6-speed Automatic in everyday driving and in manual shift mode can be sufficiently sporty. Standard Auxillary audio input, Bluetooth streaming audio and high-quality standard 6 speaker sound system were extremely appreciated for my inner audiophile. The visibility is great, only very minor blind-spots. The ride quality is taut and controlled but not jarring. The hydraulic-assisted power steering is direct and communicative but on the lighter side, and in twisty roads is exceptional. Mazda has a great track record of resale value and this model was no exception.
I don’t have many, because this vehicle was extremely well made, and was very affordable. However the road noise at freeway speeds is very high, so much so that phone calls over the Bluetooth system are interrupted. Placement of the rear-view mirror may affect visibility for taller drivers and larger passengers may not be impressed with interior space.
So that in summary was my experience with my 2012 Mazda3 iTouring SkyActiv Hatchback. Feel free to ask me any questions about my car, my dealer, or anything else you want to know. Review of my new car coming soon.