TTAC takes the shiny new fuel-sipping SKYACTIV 2012 Mazda3 for a very tough spin, and comes away with this:
It’s nice to have a company like Mazda around, and I’m happy to report that their SKYACTIV technologies seem to indicate that they’ll be able to compete on both fronts: not only as the enthusiast choice, but also as a manufacturer of economically efficient daily drivers. This new Mazda3 is certainly a car I’ll be recommending next time somebody asks.
Brendan also managed to average 33mpg while driving it like a madman – impressive, considering that’s not far off from the EPA estimated 40 MPG for those who baby it.
The Mazda 3 has long been one of my favorite compact cars. It’s reasonably priced, reasonably good looking, and handles pretty doggone well. The one area where it always fell short was fuel economy – it simply couldn’t compete. SKYACTIVE changes that, of course, and adds more power at the same time. Why can’t everyone do something similar?