The refreshed 2012 Mazda3 features an all-new SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter, 155-horsepower engine and a SkyActiv-MT six-speed manual transmission or optional SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission for sedan or hatchback models. The Mazda3 is the first to include SkyActiv fuel-saving and performance-oriented technologies, achieving 40-mpg on the highway and a potential 540-mile range. The MZR 2.0-liter engine will continue to be available, along with a Mazda MZR 2.5-liter engine.
Mazda says that the new 2.0-liter, direct-injection four-cylinder is good for 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, which offers modest increases over the old, non-DI 2.0-liter engine.
- Increased aerodynamics and stylized features on the exterior
- Exclusive elements for SkyActiv-G gasoline engine models
- Electro-Hydraulic Power Assist Steering (EHPAS) system
- Improved agility and handling stability
- New front fascia
- Updated five-point grille opening for both sedan and hatchback styles
Highlights of the SKYACTIV technologies:
- SKYACTIV-G: a next-generation highly-efficient direct-injection gasoline engine with the world’s highest compression ratio of 14.0:1
- SKYACTIV-D: a next-generation clean diesel engine with the world’s lowest compression ratio of 14.0:1
- SKYACTIV-Drive: a next-generation highly-efficient automatic transmission
- A next-generation manual transmission with a light shift feel, compact size and significantly reduced weight
- A next-generation lightweight, highly-rigid body with outstanding crash safety performance
- A next-generation high-performance lightweight chassis that balances precise handling with a comfortable ride