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Updated 2012 Mazda 3 Priced From $15,995

Just how much will you have to pony up for an updated 2012 Mazda 3? The answer is $15,995, including a $795 destination fee. For those keeping score, that makes the base 3’s MSRP $600 less than last year, and considerably lower than most competitors.

The biggest news for the 2012 Mazda 3 is the addition of the brand’s new 2.0-liter SkyActive inline-four cylinder engine. The new mill utilizes direct injection, variable valve timing, and engine weight reduction to increase fuel economy without sacrificing performance. In the 3, the 2.0-liter SkyActiv pumps out 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque while topping out at 28/40 mpg city/highway.

That said, in order to attain the magic 40 mpg number, buyers will need to pony up at least $20,095 for a 3i Touring with a six-speed automatic transmission sedan which nets the SkyActiv engine; the same can be had in hatchback form for an additional $500 (although it only gets 28/38 mpg), and the new six-speed manual will run $850 less no matter the bodystyle.

The 3i SV and Sport (available on the sedan only) carry over the 2.0-liter inline-four from last year – good for 148 hp and 135 lb-ft–and mate it with either a 5-speed automatic or manual transmission. All 3s models carry over the 2.5-liter inline-four cylinder with 167 hp and 168 lb-ft and either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The performance-tuned Mazdaspeed3 soldiers on with its turbocharged 2.3-liter four putting down 263 hp and 280 lb-ft, and is offered only with a six-speed manual.

Standard on the Touring and Grand Touring models with the 2.5-liter engine is push-button start. The Touring trim level, available on both 3i and 3s models, adds a six-speaker audio system, 16-inch alloy wheels, steering-wheel audio controls, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, silver interior trim, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Leather-trimmed seats are standard on Grand Touring models, as are 17-inch wheels, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bose 10-speaker sound system, and navigation.

Options include a Moonroof & Bose Audio Package for automatic-equipped 3i Touring models ($1400) and a $1400 Technology Package that includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, self-leveling adaptive bi-xenon headlights, Sirius satellite radio, and a perimeter alarm for Grand Touring models. A blind spot monitoring system is optional on Grand Touring models for an extra $1400.

Full trim-level pricing is as follows; all figures include the $795 delivery charge.

Sedan-

  • 3i SV MT: $15,995
  • 3i Sport MT: $17,640
  • 3i Sport AT: $18,490
  • 3i Touring MT: $19,245
  • 3i Touring AT: $20,095
  • 3i Grand Touring AT: $23,095
  • 3s Touring MT: $22,095
  • 3s Touring AT: $22,895
  • 3s Grand Touring MT: $23,695
  • 3s Grand Touring AT: $24,495

Hatchback-

  • 3i Touring MT: $19,745
  • 3i Touring AT: $20,595
  • 3i Grand Touring AT: $23,595
  • 3s Touring MT: $22,595
  • 3s Touring AT: $23,395
  • 3s Grand Touring MT: $24,195
  • 3s Grand Touring AT: $24,995
  • Mazdaspeed3: $24,795

Source: Mazda

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2012 Mazda Mazda3

2012 Mazda Mazda3

MSRP $17,695 i Sport (Auto) Sedan

EPA MPG:

25 City / 33 Hwy

Safety (IIHS):

Best Pick

Horse Power:

148 @ 6500