Of the two body styles—a five-door hatchback and a four-door sedan—we think the hatchback is the way to go, as it's the better-looking and more expressive of the two; the sedan isn't completely frumpy, but it's more ordinary-looking. From electric to electrifying, we break it all down in a concise, model-by-model review that begins on the next page. The Mazda6's aggressively-raked windshield, sloping rear window and smooth side panels look good and contribute to reduced aerodynamic drag. The 2012 Mazda3 satisfies on several different levels. The Mazda3's gas mileage used to be one of the most disappointing aspects, but that's all changed; mileage-minded shoppers for 2012 can now choose either the Mazda3i Touring or Grand Touring models hatch or sedan and get much improved fuel economy, with up to 40 mpg on the highway, thanks to an all-new generation of Skyactiv powertrains. The Mazda Tribute debuted in the 2001 model year, along with its corporate cousin, the. Owners may contact Timken customer service at 1-866-984-6536.
I own a Santa Fe Sport. But its stiffer suspension combined with its sticky 18-inch tires provide a surprising amount of grip for a front-wheel-drive car as it returns 0. However, in addition to somewhat difficult rear-seat entry, the 3's downfall remains road noise. Vehicle Overview The Mazda Tribute, a sibling to the Mercury Mariner and Ford Escape, got a significant exterior and interior face-lift for 2008. Happily, not only does Mazda still provide the ability to shift manually, but it equips its 6-speed manual with one of the very best linkages. It has textured plastic and soft-touch surfaces accented by bright and matte metallic trim. We love the individual arm rests for the 4 seats in the front and middle rows.
Simply keep the remote fob on your person and the Mazda6 allows you entry. For 2012, Mazda has made good to both enthusiasts and the eco-conscious with a new Sky-G engine, paired to either an all-new six-speed automatic transmission or a new six-speed manual. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500. Trucks are bigger and faster, yet more refined. Mazda's number for this recall is 9916H.
It was jointly developed with and based on the platform, which was in turn the basis for the similar on the. Its conservative styling resembled the , a rebadged two-door which was retired in 1994. In my 2010 Mazda 5 cargo volume behind the third row trunk is very small but with third row seats folded down it expands to 44 cubic feet and 79 cubic feet with middle row folded down as well. It has been serviced since day one at the oil is done at 5000k and filters are checked. Thus, the 2012 Mazda6 is a value in the segment, although perhaps not as aggressively postured as the Hyundai Sonata.
I had a 2012 M-5 as a work vehicle, covering a large territory servicing equipment. The Mazda6 comes with six airbags: driver and passenger front, front side, and front side curtain airbags. For 2012, all Mazda3 models get a resculpted front airdam and fascia that transition nicely into the flared front fenders. The rear window opens independent of the liftgate. I was surprised at how well the car maneuvers and corners considering it's footprint this is a long car to park. A hybrid model is listed separately in the Cars.
Fold the backseats down, and they form a low, flat floor large enough in hatchbacks to swallow weekend finds. This engine makes a respectable 155 horsepower and feels very refined and responsive, yet it goes about 20 percent farther on a gallon of gas—with fuel economy ratings of up to 40 mpg highway. . Transmission: Automatic Color:Gold Interior Color: Black Average Vehicle Review: 4. For 2008, the Tribute Hybrid will be released only in Southern California, with a limited run of just 350 vehicles. It's built to be inexpensive, but not cheap.
It's as happy in high-speed sweeping turns as it is on bumpy switchbacks at a fraction of the pace. The heart of the beast is its 263-horsepower 2. We sort it… Think you're paying a little too much for car insurance? This is owed partially to the more blocky styling of the Tribute. Last year the Mazda6 was updated with new headlights, fog lights, and wheel designs. And the sound and feel of the engine isn't nearly as thrashy or breathless as much of the competition. The 2012 Mazda2 remains related to the Ford Fiesta, but it has completely different powertrains, interiors, and design attributes.
This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested. But our road tests indicated that the number may be closer to 35 mpg, even if you drive it energetically and flog it around. Top trim levels replace conventional analog gauges with electroluminescent units. Also, interior materials aren't as bad as those you'd see in stripper base models of a few years ago, but there's still lots of hard and hollow trims. This little hatchback is tastefully styled inside and out, and that goes a long way toward feeling the part of a hotter hatch even if it isn't. Although many cars have styling that promise excitement and performance, the 2012 Mazdaspeed3 actually lives up to its flamboyant design promises.
Still, when it was new, reviewers felt that the Tribute was comfortable enough, but some said that the rear seats were too upright and thinly cushioned. Note: starting with 2009 models, these ratings and specifications except weight also apply to the hybrid gas-electric versions of the Escape, Mariner, and Tribute. With the redesign a couple of years ago, as well as the slight retune of the suspension for this year, Mazda has made progress in quelling one of this model's most significant drawbacks: cabin noise. In addition to excellent handling and confidence-inspiring handling, the 2012 Mazda3 has a top-notch list of safety features, with no gaps when comparing it to other affordably priced small cars. We have one caution for taller folks: skip the sunroof, as the Mazda3 has compromised headroom that might get in the way for anyone over six feet or so. But for shoppers putting a priority on gas mileage numbers, too, this model used to disappoint. Factor in the great steering feel and how buttoned-down the suspension feels at low speeds, and you have a small car that's a lot of fun to drive in the city.