2014 Mazda 3 Boasts High-Tech Infotainment and Safety Advances


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    2014 Mazda 3

    2014 Mazda 3. | June 26, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • Today's global reveal of the 2014 Mazda 3 showcases new technology features not often found in the small-car class, including fresh infotainment options, as well as newly available safety equipment.
  • The 2014 Mazda 3's infotainment system can now read short e-mail and SMS-based messages, as well as Twitter and Facebook updates.
  • The new i-Activsense safety system bundles warnings such as lane-departure and blind-spot monitoring.

NEW YORK — Today's global reveal of the 2014 Mazda 3 showcases new technology features not often found in the small-car class, including fresh infotainment options, as well as newly available safety equipment.

Young consumers will be pleased to find that the 2014 Mazda 3's infotainment system can now read short e-mail and SMS-based messages, as well as Twitter and Facebook updates that can accept audio responses via Shout.

Information provided on Mazda's newly designed center stack screen is grouped into organized categories, allowing the driver to process new or desired info more quickly.

A new Mazda 3 head-up display, dubbed Active Driving Display, is a translucent screen that rises above the gauge cluster onto the windshield, providing navigation directions and other necessary driving information at a more natural eye level.

The 2014 Mazda 3 also benefits from Mazda's new i-Activsense safety system. For the North American market, i-Activsense bundles warnings such as lane-departure and blind-spot monitoring. Also included are high-tech features such as Smart City Brake Support (full automatic braking is possible at speeds of less than 19 mph) and automatic high beam headlight control.

Power comes from Mazda's well-known Skyactiv 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 155 horsepower, or an optional 2.5-liter variant rated at 184 hp. Despite a newly stretched 106.3-inch wheelbase, either choice should prove adequate, as the new Mazda 3 is slightly shorter in both overall length and height. Mazda also says the car receives a significant weight reduction, estimated to be approximately 200 pounds.

Although official fuel economy ratings haven't been released yet, Mazda says both engines will provide best-in-class economy, a notable statement as competing models already earn 40ish mpg.

Edmunds says: With plenty of new features, the latest Mazda 3 is expected to remain a favorite with small-car shoppers.

Comments

  • ks55 ks55 Posts:

    very nice. I would like to see a sport version of the sedan and looks just as good as the 6 but smaller ( which suits me better). hopefully they would think of offering a Mazdaspeed 3 sedan this go round.

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