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2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback

Thursday, December 1st 2011. | Mazda

2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback is introduction the new engine performance through Skyactiv technology which presents excellent fuel economy. Get the smile front grille and also fresh appearance exterior stylish overall. While on this 2012 Mazda 3 5 Door bring extra utility and luxury feature inside it, so the customer will choose the better one. Feel the accurate handling as the advantage of this affordable small car. Previously we have reviewed the 2012 MAZDASPEED3, now it’s time to open mind with other model from Mazda. Experience the three available trim just like previous model (2011 Mazda 3), from 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback i Touring ($18,950 MSRP), i Grand Touring ($22,800 MSRP), and s Grand Touring ($23,400 MSRP).

2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback
2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback

We can choose between two engine & drivetrain for 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback, first for i trim is SKYACTIV-G 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT that delivers up to 155 horsepower & 148 lb-ft of torque, there are two option for its transmission: SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed overdrive as the manual (27/38 mpg city/highway) and SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed electronically controlled Sport with manual-shift mode as the automatic (28/39 mpg). The next power for s trim only is 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT that delivers up to 167 hp & 168 lb-ft of torque, there are also two selections for its transmission: 6-speed overdrive as the manual (20/28 mpg) and 5-speed electronically controlled Sport with Adaptive Shift Logic & manual-shift mode as the automatic (22/29 mpg).

Other mechanical features on 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback are electronically controlled multiport fuel injection (fuel system), direct coil-on-plug electronic ignition with platinum-tipped spark plugs (ignition system), aluminum alloy engine & cylinder head, and more.

The chassis features of 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback, such as: 4-wheel disc brakes, ABS 4-wheel, 4-channel with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, power rack-and-pinion with variable assist (steering type), power assist by Electro-Hydraulic Power Assist Steering (EHPAS), 4-wheel independent suspension (MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar for front and Multilink with stabilizer bar for rear), and other.

Exterior dimensions for 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback, from 103.9 inch for wheelbase, 60.2/59.6 inch for track (front/rear), 177.4 inch for length, 69.1 inch for width, 57.9 inch for height (unladen), and 4.7 inch for minimum ground clearance (laden).

The wheels and tires all use temporary spare tire, for i trim show the 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P205/55R16 all-season radial tires, then for s trim show the 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P205/50R17 all-season radial tires.

Standard exterior features for all models are halogen headlights, variable-intermittent windshield wipers, intermittent rear wiper/washer, side sill extensions, and roof-mounted antenna. And the standard exterior features divided into these: on i Touring & i Grand Touring: dual power side mirrors, clear-lens taillights, and single exhaust outlets with chrome tips. For 2012 Mazda 3 i Grand Touring 5 Door only: power sliding-glass moonroof with one-touch-open feature & interior sunshade (optional for i Touring) and heated side mirrors. The 2012 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring Hatchback: halogen fog lights, dual power side mirrors with integrated turn signal, roof-mounted spoiler, clear-lens LED taillights, and dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips. Upgrade more with some optional exterior features likes self-leveling Bi-Xenon High-Intensity-Discharge (HID) headlights with auto on/off feature, auto on/off feature, Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), Nagare-inspired illuminated headlight details, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback Interior
2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback Interior

While interior dimensions and capacities inside 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback: 38.9/38.0 inch for headroom (front/rear) without moonroof, 38.1/37.7 inch for headroom (front/rear) with moonroof, 54.9/54.0 inch for shoulder room, 53.7/52.2 inch for hip room (front/rear), 42.0/36.2 inch for legroom (front/rear), 94.6 cu ft for EPA passenger volume, 42.8 cu ft for EPA cargo volume 2nd-row down, and 17.0 cu ft for EPA cargo volume 2nd-row up.

So, the standard comfort & convenience interior features in 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback, such as from the i Touring & i Grand Touring: air conditioning with pollen filter, power windows with driver’s one-touch-down/up feature, power door locks with 2-stage unlocking feature, cruise control with steering-wheel-mounted controls, remote keyless entry, tilt & telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth® hands-free phone & audio capability, manual day/night rearview mirror, height-adjustable front shoulder-belt anchors, two 12-volt power outlet, cargo area light, and rear window defogger with timer. Dual-zone automatic climate control with pollen filter, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry & Start System with push-button start, and welcome lighting system become the standard on s Grand Touring only.

Storage in 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback set the standard on i Touring & i Grand Touring, likes: glove compartment, driver’s side in-dash storage, front center console storage, dual front cup holders with cover, front door storage pockets with bottle holders, front passenger-side seatback pocket, rear center armrest with cup holders, rear door bottle holders, and removable cargo cover. Plus the sliding center console armrest which only standard on s Grand Touring.

Seating and Trim in 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback for 5 passengers seating has the standard features from i Touring: 6-way manual driver’s seat, 4-way manual front passenger seat, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, cloth-trimmed sport seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel & shift knob, and carpet floor mats. For i Grand Touring & s Grand Touring plus 8-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and leather-trimmed sport seats.

Audio & Navigation in 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback from the i Touring standard features, such as: AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible stereo with 6 speakers, auxiliary-audio input jack, SiriusXM Satellite Radio-compatible audio system, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio capability. While for i Grand Touring and s Grand Touring added with compact navigation system with color display and 265-watt Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound System (with AudioPilot®, AM/FM stereo, in-dash CD/MP3-compatible player & 10 speakers). SiriusXM Satellite Radio with free 4-month subscription for the optional features.

Instrumentation for 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback i Touring standard features: speedometer with tachometer & fuel gauge, high contrast gauges (black with white lettering & blue accents), dual trip odometers, and center instrument panel display (air conditioning & audio). Color Multi-Information Display (MID) is standard on i Grand Touring & s Grand Touring. High contrast gauges (black with white lettering & gray accents) is standard on s Grand Touring only.

Mazda 3 Hatchback 2012
Mazda 3 Hatchback 2012

Safety standard features for every Mazda 3 Hatchback 2012 are advanced front air bags (with seat belt-use, passenger-weight & driver’s seat-position sensors), front side-impact air bags & side-impact air curtains, 3-point seat belts for all seating positions, front seat-belt pretensioners with force limiters, active front headrests, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) & Traction Control System (TCS), triple H body construction, side-impact door beams, collapsible steering column, and foldaway brake pedal assembly. The optional safety features on i Grand Touring & s Grand Touring is Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) System.

Security standard features for each Mazda 3 Hatchback 2012, there are engine-immobilizer antitheft system, keyless remote panic button (on key fob), automatic door locks (speed-sensitive & transmission-sensitive), Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), LATCH child-safety-seat anchors & upper tethers, and child-safety rear door locks. Antitheft alarm system is optional security features.

Two packages available for 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback, from Moonroof & Bose® Package for i Touring, then Technology Package for i Grand Touring & s Grand Touring.

Finally, you are allowed to compare it with other vehicle in its class (affordable small car): there are for some examples Chevy Cruze, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Honda Fit, Hyundai Elantra, and more.


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