Monday, September 26, 2016

Quickie Used Car Review - Mazda 3 Sedan (2012-2014)

2012-2014 Mazda 3 Sedan

The Good: Driving fun is still present

The Bad: But the 1.6 engine needs to be pushed

The Say: Has the credentials but comes late to the party.

Go For: 1.6

Price Range: P490,000-P710,000
Our Rating: ****

Full Review: Used Car Review - Mazda 3 (2012-2014)
Latest vehicle profile: Mazda 3 Sedan

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Vehicle Overview
While other markets received this model as early as 2009, the Philippine market got this in April 2012 through the facelift model. This generation shifted assembly location as this is imported from Japan rather than the predecessor's local production.

Just like the model it replaced, you can get two engines in the form of a 1.6 that is lively when driven above 2,000rpm and a 2.0 that performs well since it does not struggle with the vehicle's weight. It does not deviate from its driver eccentric personality, which the previous model was known for.

A reworked interior greets the occupants as no traces of the old model can be seen here and a good thing here is a premium-like interior comes standard. The cramped back seat of old still retains, though.

What Should I Get
Similar to its predecessor, sedan models are available in three variants (initially, two models are offered), unlike the hatchback which is offered in one model. The first model launched is the V that features a 103hp 1.6 engine paired to a 4-speed automatic, all power amenities, dual front airbags, ABS brakes, CD changer system, alarm, keyless entry, fog lamps, 60/40 fold rear seat, and audio steering wheel controls. The high end R adds a 145hp 2.0 engine combined with a 5-speed automatic, Bi-Xenon headlamps, rain sensing wipers, sun roof, leather seats, smart key entry, and cruise control. A downgraded model known as the Maxx was added in July 2013 which is basically the 1.6 V minus the fog lamps, alarm, and a CD changer (this one has an auxiliary jack and a USB port instead).

How Much Would It Cost Me
Unlike the previous model, this one didn't sell well which meant not much owners reported problems although some mechanical components are similar with the older model. Units sold from January 2013 onward benefit from Mazda's Youjin 3 which promises free maintenance check-ups for the first three years, so hunting for the last examples of this vehicle is a prudent option.

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