Nov 26, 2012
Reviewed By Jeff Stites
Price as Tested $31,005: SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter 155-hp 4-cyl, 6-speed sport automatic, Grand Touring Tech Package

Good all-around daily driver, especially if you drive decent miles to work (as is my case). Auto-leveling HID headlights provide excellent night time visibility. Sky Blue Mica color catches attention and presents well with the black interior. Cockpit and steering controls well laid out, gauges easily viewed at the steering angle I typically prefer. Electric power-assisted steering dials in well for low-speed and parking maneuvers. Test model equipped with many features found on higher-end vehicles, including in-dash rearview monitor, push-button start, blind spot monitoring system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dynamic stability control and Mazda’s SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY in the engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, body and chassis.


Of course, I would love to squeeze more horsepower from the 2.0-liter engine but then that would come at the expense of MPG, which Mazda claims as the best in its class—including hybrids. Deep rear quarter-glass trim on passenger’s side appears as a vehicle in the blind spot when looking to change lanes.


Comfortable interior with all the right gadgets, fair interior space, decent looks and priced affordably. This would be a good all-around daily driver that would fulfill the needs of most without breaking the bank at the pump.

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.5 rating
Overall Experience
3.5 rating
Horsepower 155 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 150 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
EPA Mileage 25 city/31 highway

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