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By jdgrn8 on
Vehicle2014 Mazda 3 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
2.0L 6M Touring w/o infotainment system.
Handling is precise, enabled by a decent engine and slick manual tranny,
Performed admirably in the great Buffalo blizzard of 2014.
ESC was great.
AVG 39MPG on the highway, and 34MPG in mixed driving.
Noise is minimal for the class.
Ride is superior for the class--feels like a luxury sedan.
Standard radio/speaker is plenty for audio.
I test drove the $1600 technology package and was not impressed.
Most of that value can be covered by any decent smart phone.
Overall an excellent, reliable vehicle, that excels as a true driver's car.
If you want to love your commute and not break the bank, pick up a Mazda 3.
Best FeaturesDriving dynamics. Simply unparalleled in the class. Manual transmission driving is awesome. Design--both in and out. Interior of a BMW wrapped in an exterior reminiscent of a beautiful woman. All for under 20k. Not bad.
Worst FeaturesClunky Bluetooth audio connectivity. The digital tach is just sad. There is a proper analog tach available on higher end auto trans version that should be standard on all manual trans versions (come on, Mazda).
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