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#286 of 437 Re: Start Up Noise [m6user]
Jan 14, 2012 (9:24 am)
I did read a review of the new Mazda where it is mentioned that the SkyActiv engine was rushed to production. I just had my 2005 Mazda3 totaled and have been looking into options for my next car, but am worried about the new Mazdas. The 2011s have terrible gas mileage compared with mine, and the 2012 sounds like it comes equipped with a "beta" engine. Not something I'd want to drop near $20K on.
#287 of 437 Re: Start Up Noise [chloebe]
Jan 14, 2012 (10:58 am)
I did read a review of the new Mazda where it is mentioned that the SkyActiv engine was rushed to production.
Link please? Not one article I have read makes such mention. Did you happen to read this in a Honda thread?
2012 sounds like it comes equipped with a "beta" engine. Not something I'd want to drop near $20K on
Mazda has been developing this technology for years. They announced it over 3 years ago. The "beta" engines were being tested on roads about a year and a half ago.
#288 of 437 Anything for 2013?
Feb 20, 2012 (10:37 am)
Any word on modifications for 2013 yet? Will we be able to get SkyActiv with s-level equipment, such as automatic climate control?
Mar 05, 2012 (11:04 am)
I take it this forum is dead because everyone's out actually driving their Mazda3s?
#290 of 437 Re: Crickets.... [bpizzuti]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Mar 05, 2012 (1:29 pm)
It's called data gathering!
#291 of 437 Sunroof..(Tall guy concerns)
Mar 06, 2012 (10:44 pm)
My girl and I are thinking about cars as we are going to leave NYC and will need a ride. I am a very tall person though 6'5" and with long legs.
I am wondering if any combination of bigger engine and no moonroof exists besides the Mazda3 speed. I rented a mazda 3 a while back and liked it well enough for an economy car.
Also how is that blind spot monitoring thing? That only comes with the top of the line? I don't care about many of the other options (maybe just an aux jack and AC good enough for me) but that seems kinda cool.
The last car I had a 96 Honda Civic had a moon roof and it forever ticked me off.. How much can the seat lower? I also hate ducking down to see stop lights.
#292 of 437 Re: Crickets.... [pf_flyer]
Mar 10, 2012 (5:51 pm)
Speaking of data gathering... I was doing a lot of that at my local auto show today, always a highlight of the year for me. Mazda had a Mazda3i Touring sedan and a hatch there. I prefer the hatch. They had one in deep blue with the tan interior, which was great because I favor the tan interior. Comparing it in close proximity to the competition let me confirm that it's at the top of my shopping list for next year. It has several advantages over competitors like the Focus SE, such as a flat-folding rear seat (or nearly flat), very adequate if not expansive rear leg room, and a nicely-styled interior. The slick short-throw 6MT is a big plus also.
Unless the new Elantra GT (a no-show at the auto show) can unseat the Mazda3i from its perch atop my list, and assuming I am not smitten when I drive the new Dart (which is a fantastic-looking car), looks like it will come down to the Mazda3i Touring, with the Golf (used), Impreza, and Prius (used) as alternatives if I can't get a good enough deal on the Mazda3.
#293 of 437 Re: Crickets.... [backy]
Mar 11, 2012 (4:24 am)
Based just on the pics of the Elantra GT and the MPG reports from the regular Elantra I'd cross it off the list. Yeah something like BlueLink would be nice but they had to hamstring their engine to get a theoretical 40 MPG (torque is pretty low), which a lot of people have trouble meeting on the Hyundais. Also, is it just me or do their wheels look way too small on all of their cars?
How would you say the rear legroom compares to the Impreza? I found the Impreza to be incredibly spacious in the back, and I'm a 6-footer. I also found the Focus back seat to be comparable to a Mustang back seat. At this time I'm missing my old Mazda so much I'm only barely considering an Impreza, but this is the Northeast and all, and AWD has a certain appeal. Maybe a WRX announcement...
#294 of 437 Re: Crickets.... [bpizzuti]
Mar 11, 2012 (7:29 am)
I kinda like the looks of the Elantra GT. Also I've had no problems exceeding the EPA FE ratings on the 2011+ Elantra when I've driven it as a rental, so I don't see a problem there. I'm not buying the car for speed. If so I'd go with the Mazdaspeed3.
The Impreza has more knee room than the Mazda3 but the toe space in the Impreza is a little tighter, so it's not a big difference for me. The Focus definitely is tighter in back than the Mazda3 or Impreza--barely sufficient leg space, and that's only because the Focus' rear seat is pretty high.
Given I live in a city (Twin Cities) where snow removal is a science, and all new cars now have ABS/traction/ESC, I think I can live w/o AWD. I have for all these years.
#295 of 437 Re: Crickets.... [backy]
Mar 11, 2012 (8:57 am)
The big AWD expense I keep thinking about (besides the 3 MPG highway loss) is the tires. No more replacing 2 at a time for the most part.
I think the Elantra GT looks OK but the wheels look too small. They look too small on the Elantra also. They're not, I know, but they LOOK it, probably because there's too much body panel above the wheel wells.