Mazda has officially released pricing on the 2012 Mazda3. The Japanese automaker has dropped the price on the Mazda3 i SV sedan, which now carries a price tag of $15,200 (*plus a $795 destination fee). That vehicle comes equipped with the previous-generation 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood, so if you want to sample the company’s new SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter four cylinder, you’ll need to setp up to the Mazda3 i Touring at $18,450. With an Environmental Protection Agency-estimated 40 mpg and 155 horsepower, the engine is both more efficient and more powerful than its predecessor.
Mazda is also offering the Mazda3 i Touring in hatchback guise, and the added functionality will set you back $18,950, plus destination. That extra door will cost you 1 mpg highway, however. The EPA says the Mazda3 i Touring hatchback is good for 39 mpg highway. Both the hatch and the sedan may be had with either a new six-speed manual or, for an additional $850, a new six-speed automatic transmission.