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2012 Toyota Matrix

2012 Mazda MAZDA3

  2011 Toyota Matrix 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 with SkyActiv
Invoice $17,808 $14,771
20/32 18/40
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Bottom Line The 2012 Toyota Matrix combines the frugality of the best-selling Corolla with a little more sportiness and versatility--but it still comes up a bit short in features. Read Full Review With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one. Read Full Review
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  • Interior versatility
  • Comfortable ride
  • Maneuverability
  • Higher-mpg than a utility vehicle


  • Limited cargo space (seats up)
  • Rearward visibility
  • Road noise
  • Bare-bones interior trims


  • Excellent handling and stability
  • Class-leading steering feel
  • Nicely configured interior
  • Disc brakes on all models
  • Very refined powertrains (SkyActiv)


  • Optional moonroof limits headroom
  • Base and s still have mediocre gas mileage
  • Road noise
  • Bluetooth reserved for top trims
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