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Mazda 3 i-ACTIV AWD diagonal test #5291742 12/11/19 05:35 PM
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Did better than the Rav 4 and as good as the Subaru.



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Re: Mazda 3 i-ACTIV AWD diagonal test [Re: buster] #5291748 12/11/19 05:50 PM
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Mazda engineers keep hitting it out of the park!


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Re: Mazda 3 i-ACTIV AWD diagonal test [Re: buster] #5291751 12/11/19 05:57 PM
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Why wouldn't it?


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Re: Mazda 3 i-ACTIV AWD diagonal test [Re: buster] #5291752 12/11/19 06:02 PM
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The fuel economy of the new 3 is kinda mediocre and it looks like they dropped the 2.0 so its just the big 4 cylinder in everything. Handsome car though.

I had a 2nd gen GT sedan (6 spd manual) and briefly a 3rd gen GT sedan (6 speed auto). They were both amazing cars and I thoroughly enjoyed my ownership with both of them.


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Re: Mazda 3 i-ACTIV AWD diagonal test [Re: buster] #5291755 12/11/19 06:06 PM
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Mazda rules !


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Re: Mazda 3 i-ACTIV AWD diagonal test [Re: buster] #5291768 12/11/19 06:27 PM
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The awd system uses a computer that makes 200 decisions per second


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Re: Mazda 3 i-ACTIV AWD diagonal test [Re: buster] #5291774 12/11/19 06:36 PM
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Why not put it in the 6 ? Why make options in the 3 that you can't have in the 6 like a manual and sunroof? Makes me mad and it means I won't buy another Mazda. Even if I don't get a manual transmission.


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Re: Mazda 3 i-ACTIV AWD diagonal test [Re: buster] #5291779 12/11/19 06:39 PM
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That red looks great!

Re: Mazda 3 i-ACTIV AWD diagonal test [Re: buster] #5291799 12/11/19 07:20 PM
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Could my wife's 2015 Audi A4 quattro which has a stick do that? I know zilch about the different AWD systems.


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Re: Mazda 3 i-ACTIV AWD diagonal test [Re: buster] #5291807 12/11/19 07:26 PM
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I test drove one last week. Very nice small car. I may go back and get one after Jan 1.

I'm facing the prospect of having to commute into the belly of DC traffic every day for six months starting in Jan/Feb, so I'm looking around for a commuter car with stop and go cruise control. The 3 fits the bill and it's available with AWD. It's at the top of my list right now.

The seats are very comfortable. Mazda put a lot of design effort into the seats.

Re: Mazda 3 i-ACTIV AWD diagonal test [Re: PimTac] #5291812 12/11/19 07:30 PM
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Seems like AWD system have come far along in last 5-10 years from previous half baked FWD+. Car companies are narrowing the gap previously with inexpensive Subaru and amazing systems put out by luxury makers.

Not sure it will saw too many buyers off Subaru still yet but a nice alternate for sure.

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Originally Posted by E150GT
Why not put it in the 6 ? Why make options in the 3 that you can't have in the 6 like a manual and sunroof? Makes me mad and it means I won't buy another Mazda. Even if I don't get a manual transmission.



The scuttlebutt says that a awd Mazda6 is in the cards.


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Re: Mazda 3 i-ACTIV AWD diagonal test [Re: PimTac] #5291992 12/11/19 11:34 PM
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Originally Posted by PimTac
The awd system uses a computer that makes 200 decisions per second

.....aka equivalent to a 1985 IBM PC.

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Originally Posted by rubberchicken
Originally Posted by PimTac
The awd system uses a computer that makes 200 decisions per second

.....aka equivalent to a 1985 IBM PC.

Yeah, and has round wheels...aka equivalent to a Roman chariot.


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Re: Mazda 3 i-ACTIV AWD diagonal test [Re: rubberchicken] #5292265 12/12/19 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by rubberchicken
Originally Posted by PimTac
The awd system uses a computer that makes 200 decisions per second

.....aka equivalent to a 1985 IBM PC.

It is advertising thing. There is nothing about this AWD that is special. Is it better than Toyota or Honda? Possibly. Is it ging to do job? Yes it will. Is it in the class of Subaru, Audi, BMW etc? No.


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