Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,910 - $24,200
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
28 City / 39 HWY
Horsepower
148-263
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$6,910 - $24,200
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
28 City / 39 HWY
Horsepower
148-263
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.1 Overall Score
Performance 4.8 Comfort 3.6 Styling 4.0 Value 3.6

Editor's Overview

Nearing the end of its life cycle the Mazda3 remains one of the most entertaining entries in its segment. For 2012, Mazda's compact gets a "Skyactiv" powertrain option bumping ...

2012 Mazda Mazda3 Owner Reviews

4.34

230 Reviews

47% 43% 8% 1% 1%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

Incredible car with great dependability.

I absolutely love my Mazda! I bought it used, but it was only about four years old, although it did have roughly 75,000 miles on it. Even still, I have had zero problems in the 2 1/2 years that I have been driving it. The seats are comfortable and fabric, so no killing of cows was required to make the seats. Both the air conditioning and heating work wonderfully, and the car accelerates quickly but you are able to break with a moments notice. Both the trunk and back seat is spacious considering the overall size of the car, and the glove compartment and storage between the driver and passenger seats are large, as well. As of right now, I have no complaints about this incredible car!

- Marie D

It is a very reliable car for someone who just needs a basic car.

This was my first car and I would say it is a great first car. It has the basic features, no Bluetooth, GPS, or high-end technology. The size of the car is just right, it is not very spacious in the backseat but can fit five people comfortably. Haven't had any major car issues so it has been extremely reliable to get to everyday destinations. The only concerns I have had with the car is that the steering wheel is not very sturdy, it shakes a lot and is sensitive. Other than the sensitivity, the car works fine for someone who does not care for fast performing cars for the fast acceleration.

- Alexis O

2012 Mazda 3, starter or finisher car!

I love this car. It is a great starter car, the seats are very comfortable, the design is fairly intuitive, it is easy to drive, etc. My only complaints are that it can be a bit heavy on the tires and does not accelerate very quickly. The engine does not have a lot of power, but it gets incredible gas mileage. Right now, I am getting 32 mpg in the city. The trunk is also huge, you can fit a surprising amount of things inside. Another thing to keep in mind is that this is a somewhat loud car as it is relatively low to the road. Overall, I love this car and would recommend it to anyone.

- Madison B

Ranked #9 Compact Cars by Owners

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$7,214 - $8,821
$6,910 - $8,543

Horsepower

Horsepower
148 hp
148 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L DOHC EFI 16
2.0L DOHC EFI 16
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42 in.
42 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.1 - 38.9 in.
38.1 - 38.9 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.2 in.
36.2 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.4 - 37.5 in.
37.4 - 37.5 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
11.8 cu. ft.
11.8 cu. ft.

Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Steel

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
103.9 in.
103.9 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.2 ft.
34.2 ft.

Length

Length
180.9 in.
180.9 in.

Width

Width
69.1 in.
69.1 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2866 .lbs
2866 - 2929 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
148 hp
148 hp

Torque

Torque
135 ft. lbs.
135 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
.lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.5 gal.
14.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
13 - 17 mpg
25 - 17 mpg

City

City
25 mpg
24 - 25 mpg

Highway

Highway
33 mpg
33 mpg
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety