2014 Mazda Mazda3 Review

April 8, 2014
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The Mazda3 has a new look for 2014. But along with the styling revisions are also equipment upgrades and improved overall performance. Learn more about the 2014 Mazda3 here.

NEW FOR THE 2014 MAZDA3

  • totally redesigned
  • optional adaptive cruise control and head-up display

UNDER THE HOOD

A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine powers the 2014 Mazda3 i with 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. The front wheels are powered through either a 6-speed automatic transmission or a manual. The s models get a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. Only a 6-speed automatic can be paired with this engine.

The EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2014 Mazda3 are as follows:

Model City/Hwy MPG
Mazda3 i 4-door, manual 29/41
Mazda3 i 4-door, automatic 30/41
Mazda3 i 5-door, manual 29/40
Mazda3 i 5-door, automatic 30/40
Mazda3 s 4-door, automatic 28/39
Mazda3 s 5-door, automatic 27/37
Mazda3 s 4-door, automatic with i-ELOOP 28/39
Mazda3 s 5-door, automatic with i-ELOOP 28/38

 

ON THE ROAD

Many reviewers recommend getting the 2.5-liter engine instead of sticking with the base 2.0-liter because it runs more smoothly and more quickly. It is also less noisy than the base engine. But regardless of the engine, the automatic transmission outperforms the manual. Its shifts are remarkably seamless.

In addition, handling has been the Mazda3’s strongest point ever since. So there’s no doubt you’ll like the precise steering, refined suspension and better ride quality of the new 3.

INSIDE THE 2014 MAZDA3

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The Mazda3’s interior design is among the best in the segment. Control layout is easy to understand and all the controls are easy to reach from the driver’s seat. The dashboard is driver-oriented and flaunts what Edmunds.com called an “adult design.”

The front seats are comfortable and supportive. The legroom in the rear seats are enough for 6-foot passengers. Headroom is also ample back there. However, the placement of the touchscreen display on top of the dash looks awkward, especially that many vehicles in the class today have their multimedia displays in-dash.

As for the cargo space, the Mazda3 offers quite a small one with the sedan’s 12.4-cubic-foot trunk and the hatchback’s 20.2. The latter, though, becomes generous at 47.1 when the rear seatbacks are folded down.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Mazda3 is available as a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback. Each body style has trim levels. Here are the important standard features that go with each model.

i SV: daytime running lights, 16-inch steel wheels, remote keyless entry, push-button start, cloth-trimmed sport seats, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls (MT), auxiliary audio input, USB port

i SPORT: cruise control, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, CD player, Bluetooth

i TOURING: Mazda advanced keyless entry, rear center armrest, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with red stitching, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert

i GRAND TOURING: power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, overhead console with sunglasses holder, 6-way power driver seat with lumbar support, leather sport seats, Mazda Connect (includes satellite radio, Pandora, HD radio, 9-speaker Bose surround-sound system, navigation system, rearview camera and 7-inch color touchscreen display)

s TOURING: bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, fog lights, LED combination taillights, 18-inch alloy wheels, active driving display

s GRAND TOURING: automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, perforated leather-trimmed sport seats, adaptive front lighting system

OPTIONS: remote engine start, rear parking sensors, s Grand Touring Technology Package (includes i-ELOOP regenerative engine braking system, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, high beam control, and forward obstruction warning)

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