The 2012 MazdaSpeed3 is the brother of high performance compact Mazda3. This five-passenger hatchback offers sporty driving, luxury interior features, and good storage space for an attractive price. Competitors include the MazdaSpeed3, Volkswagen GTI and Subaru Impreza WRX.
2012 MazdaSpeed3 Engine
The 2012 MazdaSpeed3 packs a potent 263 horsepower, 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 280 lb/ft of torque, capable of a maximum engine speed of 155 mph. The 2012 MazdaSpeed3 MazdaSpeed3 is front wheel drive with a six-speed manual transmission. The four-wheel independent suspension, power steering and brakes are tuned-for sporty driving experience proven track racing. The MazdaSpeed3 get a fuel economy rating of 18 mpg city and 25 mpg on the highway.
2012 MazdaSpeed3 Interior
The 2012 MazdaSpeed3, cabin has seating capacity for five with a manual six-way driver, four-way manual passenger seat, and the rear seats split 60/40 folding. Rear cargo area offers 17 cubic feet of storage which can be expanded to nearly 43 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats folded. The leather and fabric sport seats upholstered in red and black color, door red and black and cutting instrument panel, leather-wrapped wheel with red stitching and leather-wrapped shift lever transmit MazdaSpeed appearance. Aluminum alloy pedals and driver’s footrest complete the sporty interior design. The dual-zone automatic climate control, the power windows and doors, cruise control and a tilt and telescopic wheel come standard. The system keyless entry remote can be upgraded to a start button. The audio system includes AM/FM radio, CD/MP3 in-dash Bose ten-speaker surround sound, making auxiliary audio input, and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel. Bluetooth hands-free calling is included, and SiriusXM satellite radio and a navigation system with color screen are available.
The 2012 MazdaSpeed3 design incorporates functional elements such as the air intake for the intercooler and turbo rear spoiler aerodynamic look that evokes an emotional response speed inspired. The sport-tuned dual exhaust with chrome tips accentuated. Standard halogen headlights can be upgraded to leveling xenon high intensity discharge auto on/off halogen fog lights and are available. The clear-lens taillights have LED upgrade option. Rain sensing wipers are available, and a wiper/washer is standard for the five-door hatchback. Aluminum alloy wheels have eighteen inch performance tires. A door chrome fuel filler system and four-wheel brakes exterior accessories are available.
The 2012 MazdaSpeed3, standard safety features include front and side-impact airbags and curtain airbags for side impact. All seats are equipped with seat belts three points, and both front seats have active head restraints. Beams door side impact, collapsible steering column and folding brake pedal assembly protect the driver and passengers in a collision. Antilock brakes include electronic brake force distribution and brake assist and dynamic stability and traction control provide added road handling performance. A system for blind spot monitoring and burglar alarm system are optional on the MazdaSpeed3.
2012 MazdaSpeed3 Safety
The 2012 MazdaSpeed3 is only available with a manual transmission, and has no sunroof option. Overall, the 2012 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 offers a versatile and affordable fun to drive hatchback that is sure to please any driving enthusiast.