2012 Mazda 3i Grand Touring

A review of the 40+mpg 2012 Mazda 3i Grand Touring

The compact sedan class is jam packed full of affordable models boasting about how they offer a blend of fuel economy and spirited driving but few are as efficient as the 2012 Mazda 3i Grand Touring featuring Mazda’s Skyactiv engine technology – offering 40 miles per gallon on the open road.

The Design
On the outside, the 2012 Mazda 3i Grand Touring offers the distinct modern Mazda styling but unlike Hyundai engineers who take an ultra aggressive approach at their exterior design, the Mazda 3 offers a sporty look with a slightly subdued design. The sharp, angular headlights offer tons of light with a projection design that sport a blue trim ring for a little extra style up front. The massive grille opening and the outer ports in the lower fascia are all flat black and unlike the Mazda 3s Grand Touring – the 3i doesn’t get fog lights. There is a set of fog lights available as an upgrade for $350 for the 3i that offer a different design than the standard fog lights on the 3s Touring and Grand Touring models. Fog lights are really the only thing that I could ask for in terms of the exterior of the Mazda 3i Grand Touring – not because the headlights aren’t adequate – but because I prefer the look of the models equipped with fog lights and I like having that extra lighting.

Other than the grille and outer front fascia openings, there is very little on the 2012 Mazda 3i Grand Touring that isn’t body colored. The side mirror caps and door handles are finished in the same Indigo Lights MC blue paint code as the rest of the car with some sporty 16” standard aluminum wheels tucked neatly into the wheel openings. Out back, the Mazda 3i Grand Touring wears taillights that feature a similar angular style that we see in the headlights with a clear lens design covering the individual colored portions on the outside and the reverse indicators on the inside. The powerful 2.0L Skyactiv engine announces itself through a very minimal single exhaust tip tucked under the rear fascia.


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If anyone wants brighter headlights, get a 55w HID kit for the high beam and low beam lamps, and 35w for the fog lights. They are a lot more efficient than Halogens as well, meaning more than twice the lumens per watt versus Halogne.