Last week’s photo showed the front corner of the 2012 Mazda3 five-door hatchback. For a better photograph and a review of the car, read this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was that of Jeff Miller, of Martinez, whose only comment after identifying the car was: “Zoom-zoom.” Mazda couldn’t have said it better.
Miller wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
AUGUSTA: Carolyn Ogles, who wrote: “With a base price of $17,000 and an estimated 40 mpg, we will most likely see the car around town.”
CUMMING, GA.: Chris Rhodes wrote: “The vehicle shown this week is the 2012 Mazda3 … now with SkyActiv technology.
“Like most full-line manufacturers, Mazda is heavily involved in the pursuit for greater mpg without sacrificing the ride, handling and performance for which this small Japanese brand has become known. Mazda’s approach has been dubbed SkyActiv, an apparent play for the environmentally conscience consumers among us. It incorporates a host of changes that make the 3 more fuel efficient.
“These changes include a more efficient powertrain with direct-injection, a seriously high (13:1) compression ratio and a tuned exhaust header to wring every possible ounce of energy out of the fuel it consumes.
“In addition, Mazda incorporated more high-strength low alloy and ultra-high strength steels into the unitized structure of the 3, providing increased rigidity at a lower weight.
“In fact, Mazda’s weight-saving efforts resulted in a 220-pound reduction in overall heft … an impressive feat in an already light vehicle. An added benefit of reduced weight is better handling and the Mazda 3 shines in this regard.
“Available in either four-door sedan or five-door hatchback configurations, the Mazda3 is a sporty car with handling that sets it apart from some of its more utilitarian competitors. And isn’t that what zoom-zoom is all about?”
EVANS: Jerry Paul wrote: “The auto of the week is a Mazda3.”
MARTINEZ: Jim Muraski wrote: “This week’s car is 2012 Mazda3. This car is available in several option models from the base i SV sedan priced at $15,200 to the s Grand Touring hatchback priced at $23,400.”