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#49 of 437 First impressions
Nov 05, 2011 (12:32 pm)
I checked out the 2012 Mazda3 with Skyactiv at my local dealer today. They had quite a few in stock--all automatics. I sat in a Touring on the show floor. I didn't notice any significant changes inside from the 2011s, so whatever changes were made are subtle. I did notice the rear seat room is as tight as I remember--about the same as some smaller cars like the Accent, and a little less than the Cruze. Also I noticed some cost-cutting in little things like, no padding on rear armrests (Mazda must think rear passengers have tougher elbows than front-seat passengers), no sunglasses holder, no vanity mirror lamps, HVAC controls not very smooth in operation, and fixed center armrest. These are things I'd like to see in a $20k car. But the leather steering wheel felt good.
#50 of 437 Re: First impressions [backy]
Nov 06, 2011 (1:59 am)
Thanks for the good report.
If you go back hope you'll drive one--esp. if they have a manual transmission model!
#51 of 437 Re: First impressions [benjaminh]
Nov 06, 2011 (9:58 am)
I didn't drive the car because I'd prefer a stick on the Mazda3 Skyactiv, also it will be some time before I buy my next car so I don't want to waste the sales reps' time--especially on a Saturday. But if they offer a test drive, I'll take it.
Also I'd like a car with more rear seat leg room if I can get it. I could live with the room in the Mazda3 but I'd have to drive my wife's Sonata whenever we took someone with us for a trip of any distance, including our kids.
#52 of 437 Re: First impressions [backy]
Nov 06, 2011 (12:38 pm)
Uhh, what C-class car has an adjustable front center armrest? I've seen it on Compact/Mid SUVs, but I'm not recalling an "economy" car (really more like a non-luxury compact car) having that. Maybe I missed one (which is entirely possible).
Personally, I'd like to see auto climate control and a USB port on the sound system. Others in the same class offer these features.
#53 of 437 Re: First impressions [bpizzuti]
Nov 06, 2011 (1:11 pm)
The Elantra for one... there may be others. Actually even the low-bucks Accent has a sliding center armrest available. Not something I must have, but it does make the armrest more usable.
I can live w/o auto climate control. USB is good though... I'm sure I'll use it at some point. I think most new compacts have aux inputs and USB inputs standard now.
#54 of 437 no sliding armrest or sunglasses holder?
Nov 06, 2011 (6:54 pm)
I purchased an s Touring with sliding center armrest & sunglass holder for under $20k. Just sayin'
I thought the major differences between s Touring and I Touring were engine, transmission, and wheel size. I guess there are some interior differences too, though.
#55 of 437 Re: no sliding armrest or sunglasses holder? [languedoctor]
Nov 06, 2011 (8:07 pm)
The Touring Skyactiv I sat in didn't have either. It wasn't an s though. It was an automatic. And its sticker price was $20k. Just sayin'.
#56 of 437 Re: no sliding armrest or sunglasses holder? [backy]
Nov 07, 2011 (2:52 am)
Hmmm, a number of posts back one of our members who is a Mazda Sales Associate (I think) said the SkyActiv models on their floor all have sliding arm rests. Go figure.
#57 of 437 Re: no sliding armrest or sunglasses holder? [shipo]
Nov 07, 2011 (8:05 am)
The 2012 Mazda3 brochures from the Mazda USA web site clearly indicate that only the s Grand Touring sedan and hatch have a sliding center console armrest. Go figure.