First Hauling Assignment - 2014 Mazda Mazda3 S Long-Term Road Test

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


  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    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.

  • ajac03 ajac03 Posts:

    @stovt001, I totally agree. I have a regular 4 door camry, and my brother has an rsx. Despite being a very small hatchback, you'd be amazed how much you can fit in with the hatchback design. I'll definitely be opting for a hatchback when I look for a n

  • bc1960 bc1960 Posts:

    I'm favorably impressed with the cargo space in the new Mazda3 5-door compared to my 2007 Mazda6 5-door. With the seats up it's down by 2 cubic feet, less than 10%; with the seats lowered, it's down by 11 cubic feet or 20%, which is almost entirely due to the load floor being approximately 1 ft shorter--the width between the wheel wells differs by only an inch or so. Considering that it weighs 400 lb less with the base engine but has peak power and torque almost identical to my car I expect it to perform better even without the larger engine, and I haven't any complaints about load-carrying with the larger, heavier car.

  • Seems smaller than the previous gen.

  • bc1960 bc1960 Posts:

    It's not. Volume is larger with seats up or down and the width between the wheels is larger.

  • robs249_ robs249_ Posts:

    I really try liking most current hatch designs but for some reason (to me) they don't look as nice as the sedan counterpart. When the first gen Mazda6 hatch came out, I fell in LOVE with that design. I loved the sleek looks and the way the hatch and glass opened together for the extra utility. But when I look at the current (and previous) 3 hatches, compared with the CX5, the CX5 just looks more proportional...

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