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2012 Volvo C30

2012 Mazda MAZDA3

  2012 Volvo C30 2-door Coupe Auto Angular Front Exterior View 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 with SkyActiv
Invoice $23,453 $14,771
21/30 18/40
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Bottom Line The 2012 Volvo C30 has top-notch safety and style; but it's not as racy as it looks and not any more practical than it looks. 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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  • Stylish interior design and trim
  • Strong powertrain
  • Stable, relaxed highway cruising
  • Tight, quiet interior
  • Extensive options


  • Lack of headroom
  • Odd driving position
  • Tiny 2+2 backseat
  • Disappointing cargo space
  • Pricey at the high end


  • 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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