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Mazda Announces Pricing for 2012 Mazda3

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The popular Mazda3 is slated to receive several major changes for the 2012 model year and now we know exactly how much the reworked compact car is going to cost. The automaker recently announced pricing for the 2012 Mazda3, keeping figures close to last year's prices despite new technology and updated styling.

According to Mazda, the base-level 3i SV now starts at $15,200 before destination - a price drop from last year's model, which started at $15,800. That model features Mazda's 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which is carried over from previous model years.

But the big news for the 2012 Mazda3 is the addition of the automaker's all-new 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder powerplant. Debuting on 3i Touring sedan and hatchback models, the new technology improves fuel economy while preserving horsepower and acceleration. According to the EPA, Mazda3 sedans equipped with the technology achieve up to 40 miles per gallon in highway driving, while Skyactiv-equipped five-door hatchbacks achieve a best-in-class 39 miles per gallon.

Despite the new technology, Mazda isn't charging and arm and a leg for models featuring the Skyactiv. Buyers eager to try out the new engine will only have to pay $18,450 before destination for a 3i Touring sedan - just $350 more than last year's model. Skyactiv technology is also standard on the newly-available 3i Touring hatchback, which starts at just $18,950 before destination.

For car shoppers interested in combining SkyActiv technology with more upscale features including leather upholstery with heated front seats, a power sunroof and a Bose sound system, Mazda is offering a newly-available 3i Grand Touring for 2012. Sedan models start at $22,300, while five-door hatchback versions of 3i Grand Touring start at $22,800.

While the Mazda3 also features restyled front and rear fascias for 2012, the rest of the model's lineup is mostly carried over unchanged. For buyers interested in horsepower over fuel economy, Mazda is still offering the Mazda3s with last year's 167-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder, while the muscular 263-horsepower MazdaSpeed3 also remains unchanged for 2012.

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