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Mazda 3 2012

The 2012 Mazda 3 range of configurations is currently priced from $5,970. Our most recent review of the 2017 Mazda 3 resulted in a score of 8 out of 10 for that particular example. You can read the full review here.

This is what Graham Smith liked most about this particular version of the Mazda 3: Well equipped base model, Cabin ergonomics, Optional SKYACTIV engine

The 2012 Mazda 3 carries a braked towing capacity of up to 900 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

The Mazda 3 is also known as the Mazda Axela (Japan and China) in markets outside Australia.

Mazda 3 2012 Price and Specs

The Mazda 3 2012 is currently available from $5,970 for the 3 Neo up to $17,990 for the 3 SP25.

Pricing guides

$11,888
Based on 447 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$5,970
Highest Price
$17,990
Mazda 3 Model Body Type Specs Price from Price to
Diesel Hatchback 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN $6,800 $10,560
Maxx Sport Hatchback 2.0L ULP 5 SP AUTO $7,200 $11,110
Maxx Sport Hatchback 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN $6,100 $9,460
MPS Hatchback 2.3L PULP 6 SP MAN $10,100 $15,180
Diesel Sedan 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN $6,800 $10,560
Maxx Sport Sedan 2.0L ULP 5 SP AUTO $6,600 $10,230
Maxx Sport Sedan 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN $6,600 $10,230
Neo Sedan 2.0L ULP 5 SP AUTO $6,600 $10,230
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Mazda 3 2012 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Mazda 3 2012 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • 2012 Mazda 3: Power-steering cutting out

    Some Mazda 3s built between 2007 and 2008 did, indeed, suffer from a loss of power-steering assistance and were fixed by Mazda as part of a nationwide program. Mazda pulled up short of recalling these vehicles, arguing that even if assistance was lost, the car would still have its steering.

    In any case, your car was built after this troublesome batch of cars, but I’ve still heard of a few, later, Mazda 3s suffering the same problem. One suggestion I’ve heard is that the power-steering fluid becomes thick and can’t flow properly. From what I can gather, the only real fix is to replace the power-steering pump, hoses and fluid. That won’t be cheap, but suddenly having the steering lose assistance can’t be much fun. Or very safe.

    Like you, Monty, I’ve also heard of power-steering problems caused by electrical faults (sometimes as simple as a lose battery terminal) but I think those apply to later cars with electric power-assistance. Electrically-assisted power-steering didn’t come to the Mazda 3 in Australia until 2014.

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  • Reliable secondhand small autos?

    Unless you are buying a manual I would rule the Cruze out, the automatic is trouble in that model and not worth the risk. If you do but a Cruze I would choose the 1.8-litre engine. Others to think of are the Hyundai i30, Mazda 3, or Mitsubishi Lancer.

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  • Ford Focus 2012: Is it good on the highway?

    The Focus is a good car with a serious flaw; it has a dual-clutch automatic transmission that gives trouble. I would happily have a 2012 Focus with a manual gearbox, but I wouldn't buy one with a dual-clutch auto. I'd be looking at a Japanese or Korean brand and going for something like a Mazda 3, Honda Civic or Accord, Hyundai Elantra with a good record of reliability.

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  • Best first car options?

    Do not buy a Cruze, or buy a European brand. They will prove costly. It's best to go for the cars that are well proven over many years. The Lancer is a good one, but so too is the Toyota Yaris or Corolla, Suzuki Swift, Mazda2 or 3, or Mitsubishi Colt.

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Mazda 3 2012 Towing capacity

The Mazda 3 has maximum towing capacity of 900kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Mazda 3 Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
NEO Hatchback 2.0L,ULP,6 SP MAN 900kg
NEO Hatchback 2.0L,ULP,5 SP AUTO 900kg
Maxx Sport Hatchback 2.0L,ULP,6 SP MAN 900kg
Maxx Sport Hatchback 2.0L,ULP,5 SP AUTO 900kg
NEO Sedan 2.0L,ULP,6 SP MAN 900kg
NEO Sedan 2.0L,ULP,5 SP AUTO 900kg
Maxx Sport Sedan 2.0L,ULP,6 SP MAN 900kg
Maxx Sport Sedan 2.0L,ULP,5 SP AUTO 900kg
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Mazda 3 2012 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2012 Mazda 3 are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1770mm x 1470mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Mazda 3 2012 Dimensions  include 1470mm height, 1755mm width, 4460mm length.
Mazda 3 Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
NEO Hatchback 1470x1755x4460 mm 155 mm
Maxx Sport Hatchback 1470x1755x4460 mm 155 mm
Diesel Hatchback 1470x1755x4460 mm 155 mm
SP20 Skyactiv Hatchback 1470x1755x4460 mm 155 mm
NEO Sedan 1470x1755x4580 mm 155 mm
Maxx Sport Sedan 1470x1755x4580 mm 155 mm
Diesel Sedan 1470x1755x4580 mm 155 mm
SP20 Skyactiv Sedan 1470x1755x4580 mm 155 mm
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Mazda 3 2012 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 2012 Mazda 3 is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Mazda 3 currently offers fuel consumption from 5.7 to 9.9L/100km. The Mazda 3 is available with the following fuel types: Diesel, PULP and ULP.

Mazda 3 Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
Diesel Hatchback 2.2L,Diesel,6 SP MAN 5.7L/100km
MPS Hatchback 2.3L,PULP,6 SP MAN 9.9L/100km
Maxx Sport Hatchback 2.0L,ULP,5 SP AUTO 8.2L/100km
Diesel Sedan 2.2L,Diesel,6 SP MAN 5.7L/100km
Maxx Sport Sedan 2.0L,ULP,5 SP AUTO 8.2L/100km
* Combined fuel consumption See All Mazda 3 2012 Pricing and Specs

Mazda 3 2012 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 2012 Mazda 3 will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted. Standard wheel sizes on the Mazda 3 vary from 15x6 inches to 18x7.5 inches.

Mazda 3 Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
NEO Hatchback 195x65 R15 15x6 inches 195x65 R15 15x6 inches
Maxx Sport Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
Diesel Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
SP20 Skyactiv Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
NEO Sedan 195x65 R15 15x6 inches 195x65 R15 15x6 inches
Maxx Sport Sedan 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
Diesel Sedan 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
SP20 Skyactiv Sedan 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
See All Mazda 3 2012 Wheel Sizes