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#408 of 437 Re: 2012 Mazda3 GS-SKY Sport - weak A/C [kmh3]
Jun 16, 2012 (7:05 am)
"I can confirm the AC is a bit weak, but not intolerably so in 95 degree weather."
This has been one of the few complaints about the Mazda3 going back to 2004. For several years, you could only get BLACK interior. Even now, a significant majority of 3's still have BLACK interior. I am convinced that the black interior is part of the cooling issue!
I have a 2006 MZ3 5-door with Black/Red cloth and a co-worker has a 2006 MZ3 i 4-door with Beige cloth. Her A/C cools the interior significantly quicker than mine does!
#409 of 437 Re: 2012 Mazda3 GS-SKY Sport - weak A/C [igozoomzoom]
Jun 18, 2012 (8:47 am)
I was considering the white exterior for that reason - you can get the lighter interior.
Not too many exterior colors to choose from, though. White, Black and Silver, that's it, IIRC.
#410 of 437 how is the handling in snow and rain? 2012 skyactiv
Jun 22, 2012 (1:03 pm)
My wife and I are beginning our search for a compact or subcompact hatchback and we have heard good things about the Mazda 3 with the skyactiv engine. We have heard that older models don't like snow so much, but don't know about the current model. And since we are from the soggy NW, if you have some experience with rain, your impressions would be welcome on this also.
#411 of 437 Re: how is the handling in snow and rain? 2012 skyactiv [zzzoom6]
Jun 22, 2012 (1:49 pm)
We have heard that older models don't like snow so much, but don't know about the current model.
Curious. Where have you heard that?
I haven't had any problems with my 2011 Mazda3 here in Canada in either rain or snow. As with any other vehicle, one should equip it with snow tires for winter driving.
It is a FWD, so if you're looking for AWD you should consider a Subaru or the like. Personally, I have never felt the need to go to that way as AWD vehicles tend to be heavier and pricier.
p.s. the Mazda3 is renowned for its handling (see for example Consumer Reports). Also, now that DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) is mandatory the Mazda3 handles even tricky driving situations better.
#412 of 437 Auto climate control
Jun 22, 2012 (3:43 pm)
Anybody read anything about the 2013 Mazda3 Skyactiv Grant Touring having auto climate control? They screwed up with the 2012 model. Lot of people like this feature.