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An optional feature for 2012 Mazda3 models is a new blind-spot monitoring system.

Check out Marty Padgett’s coverage of the 2012 Mazda3 at the 2011 New York Auto Show at MotorAuthority.

2012 Nissan Versa

Nissan bills it the “Big Small Car,” and the second-generation all-new 2012 Versa compact sedan, with a super-cheap starting price of $10,990, EPA-estimated 30 mpg city/37 mpg highway, plus numerous standard features (air conditioning, vehicle dynamic control, CD/radio, electric-assisted steering, and 15-inch wheels and tires, certainly fills the bill. Of course, you can get more features, but they’re extra-cost items – or you can choose a higher trim level.

Available this summer, the 2012 Nissan Versa comes in 1.6 S, 1.6 SV and 1.6 SL models. Power comes from the new 109-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT. For more information on the 2012 Nissan Versa, see the FamilyCarGuide preview here and coverage from the floor of the New York Auto Show at MotorAuthority here.

2012 Subaru Impreza

More room, versatility, a 30-percent increase in fuel economy and still with standard all-wheel drive – that’s the all-new fourth generation 2012 Subaru Impreza, available in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback models and arriving in dealerships this fall. Power comes from an all-new 148-horsepower 2.0-liter boxer engine paired with either a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Subaru says the Impreza’s projected fuel economy of 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway makes it the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive car in America.

Increased standard and available features are notable across the Impreza lineup. Even the base model has power windows/locks/mirrors, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, remote keyless entry, variable intermittent windshield wipers, carpeted floor mats and more. Besides base trim, the Impreza is offered in Premium, Sport Premium, Limited and Sport Limited (five-door only) models – each with increasing number of standard features along with optional equipment.

The new Impreza, designed to excel under the new and more stringent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing regimen, builds upon Subaru’s safety heritage. All 2011 Subaru model lines are Top Safety Picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

As for price, while it hasn’t yet been announced, expect the starting price to be in the range of the current model’s $17,495.

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