2012 Mazda3 available with SKYACTIV powertrain

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The 2012 Mazda3 has just arrived at U.S. showrooms, and it comes with the new SKYACTIV technology to enhance fuel efficiency. But best of all, Mazda is lowering the prices on the 2012 Mazda3 models with SKYACTIV technology.

The new 2012 Mazda3 is available in both four-sedan and five-door hatchback body styles, and it has a starting price of $15,200 (not including $795 destination charge). All 2012 Mazda3 models get a few styling upgrades such as the revised five-point grille opening, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and new alloy wheel designs. The interior receives a few updates as well, which include new colors and trim.

Starting with the base model 2012 Mazda3 i SV sedan, it is priced at $15,200. It comes equipped with a 148-horsepower MZR 2.0-liter engine and a manual transmission. Moving up is the 2012 Mazda3 i Sport sedan, which starts at $16,845, and it comes with an optional 5-speed automatic transmission.

For customers who want to have SKYACTIV technology, the 2012 Mazda3 i Touring or Grand Touring models are available. It comes with Mazda’s new SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine producing 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. According to Mazda, the new engine offers 5% more horsepower than the standard MZR 2.0-liter engine along with 10% more torque. As for fuel economy, the SKYACTIV engine provides up to 40 mpg on the highway, which is about to 21% more fuel efficient than the standard 2.0-liter engine.

Prices for the 2012 Mazda3 i Touring sedan and the Mazda i Touring hatchback are $18,450 and $18,950, respectively. While the top-range the Mazda3 i Grand Touring models start at $22,300 a sedan and $22,800 for a five-door hatchback. All SKYACTIV engines on these models are equipped with either a six-speed manual transmission or the all-new SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission.