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Mazda MAZDA3, Mazda MAZDASPEED MAZDA3, Hatchback, Sedan
#398 of 437 Re: Possible trade [ateixeira]
Jun 08, 2012 (10:45 pm)
Mine was 18.100, but I had xm radio in it which is $432.00. So that price sounds about right. This was before tax and license.
#399 of 437 Test drove the wrong model
Jun 09, 2012 (6:40 am)
This was funny...so I took my sister to test drive a CX5, which she liked. I thought it was a bit slow. Floor it you get a lot of noise but little acceleration.
Then I asked if I could sample the engine in a lighter car, i.e. the Mazda3 SkyActiv.
So the dealer pulls one up and we go out for a drive. Feels much quicker, I was impressed. Didn't like the hard seats, though, hard just like my Miata's seats.
We get back, and I peek at the Monroney, and it's a 2.5! DOH! C'mon, the guy doesn't know the product he sells? No wonder it felt quick, I had asked for a 2 liter.
It was near closing time and we were shopping for my sister, so after all that I still haven't driven a SkyActiv 3.
#400 of 437 he must not know his product
Jun 09, 2012 (7:47 pm)
You asked to drive a skyactiv mazda 3 and he takes you on a test drive in something else? You need to drive one....you will like it. My favorite part of driving this car is the precise steering!
#401 of 437 Re: he must not know his product [chickrae]
Jun 09, 2012 (8:29 pm)
He said he drove the 3, it was the 2.5L S model and not the skyactiv engine. The steering is the same.
#402 of 437 Re: he must not know his product [m6user]
Jun 11, 2012 (8:14 am)
The steering was quite good, though I wonder if the SkyActiv ones have lesser tires (low rolling resistance)?
For me the seats and overall comfort didn't meet my expectations, though again the SkyActiv has different seats.
Gotta go back when I have more time. We were really shopping for my sister.
#403 of 437 Re: he must not know his product [ateixeira]
Jun 11, 2012 (8:56 am)
though again the SkyActiv has different seats.
Didn't know that. How are they different?
#404 of 437 Re: he must not know his product [m6user]
Jun 11, 2012 (10:12 am)
Was I imaging things? The one in the showroom seemed to have smaller bolsters. Are they in fact the same seats?
#405 of 437 Re: he must not know his product [m6user]
Jun 11, 2012 (10:15 am)
Looking at MazdaUSA.com...
No, they're different:
i Touring: Cloth-trimmed seats with 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback
S Touring: Cloth-trimmed sport seats with 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback
The bolsters are more pronounced, and it seemed a littler firmer.
#406 of 437 Re: 2012 Mazda3 GS-SKY Sport - weak A/C [kmh3]
Jun 11, 2012 (3:31 pm)
I can confirm the AC is a bit weak, but not intolerably so in 95 degree weather. I was thinking this might be a good thing since it would hopefully mean decent mpg while running the air. But alas this is not the case.
I can also confirm the AC is a mpg killer, I saw an 8-10 mpg drop from running the AC on the highway - dropped to around 32 mpg. My civic hybrid AC was also weak, but the mpg hit was half of this one.
Oh well, at last I found something not perfect on this car. Lucky I don't live where it is hot.
#407 of 437 Re: 2012 Mazda3 GS-SKY Sport - weak A/C [kmh3]
Jun 12, 2012 (9:21 pm)
My AC isn't an mpg killer at all. I regularly run mine when needed and don't see any significant drop in mpg from it (I log all my fill-ups).