2014 Mazda Mazda3 S Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mazda 3 S: First Hauling Assignment

February 17, 2014

2014 Mazda 3 S

It wasn't planned, but over the weekend, I gave our long-term 2014 Mazda 3 S its first hauling assignment. I'm an incurable Craigslister, or cheapskate if you like, and I made a quick decision to buy a bassinet (for a baby). Fortunately, I had a hatchback at my disposal.

At 40 inches long, nearly 20 inches wide and 33 inches tall, it was not a small bassinet. After this experience, I'm convinced I'll never own another sedan.

2014 Mazda 3 S

Mind you, I could have fit this fine example of Australian craftsmanship into almost any sedan had I been willing to take it apart. But with our 2014 Mazda 3 hatchback, all we had to do was fold the seats and remove the cargo cover, and slide in the bassinet. (The bassinet is just long and wide enough that I just don't think most midsize sedans' pass-through openings would accommodate it in its fully assembled state.)

2014 Mazda 3 S

As with the previous-generation Mazda 3 hatch, I did have to scoot the front seats up on their tracks to allow enough clearance for the rear seats to fold with their head restraints still attached. After the seats were down, we were able to revert to our preferred seating positions up front. (The carved out portions on front seat-backs provide plenty of room for this once the rear headrests have cleared the top portion of each seat.)

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 3,230 miles

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By stovt001
on 02/18/14
11:37 AM PST

My mom just consolidated from a 2008 Mazda 3 and a Mazda Tribute down to a 2013 Mazda 3. I tried to convince her to go for the hatchback to replace the utility she had with the Tribute but she went sedan instead. I'll never understand the appeal of the sedan body style.

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