The 2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 earns an average Total Car Scores in the Compact Sedan and Wagon category. This hatchback is the high-performance version of the Mazda 3.
The Mazdaspeed 3 was revered for its high-performing engine, precise handling, highly-responsive steering and sure-footed driving manners. Reviewers also noted for its wide array of interior features as well as its hatchback utility. The Mazdaspeed 3 is considered a premier budget-minded offering for driving enthusiasts.
Negative feedback for the Mazdaspeed 3 includes a harsh ride, a noisy motor and an abundance of torque steer. Another minus is the absence of an automatic transmission.
The Mazdaspeed 3 was fully redesigned three years ago. It is currently in its second generation. For 2012, the Mazdaspeed 3 receives a premium 10-speaker stereo as standard equipment.
The 2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 is a four-door hatchback. It is offered in only one trim level: Touring.
The standard features list consists of cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, 18-inch wheels and a premium 10-speaker stereo. An optional Technology package brings bi-xenon headlights, push-button start, navigation and a blind-spot warning system.
Safety equipment includes standard ABS, stability control and six airbags. The 2012 Mazdaspeed 3 achieved above average crash test scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the best possible ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Power comes from a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 263 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Energy is channeled to the front wheels by a six-speed manual transmission.
EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2012 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3 is 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined.
Total Car Score is not affiliated with, associated, authorized, or endorsed by, or in any way officially connected to any of the Expert Resources, nor does Total Car Score endorse any of the Expert Resources, or its affiliates.
Click here to see more.