2014 Mazda 3 Long-Term Road Test - Cargo Space
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2014 Mazda 3: Still Loving it at 20,000 Miles

December 23, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

It's the right size. It looks great inside and out. It comes as a hatchback, if you like that sort of thing (which I do). It's frugal, but also spunky. It's well built with quality materials. It can carry a decent load. It satisfies with engaging handling, yet still rides smoothly.

It is the 2014 Mazda 3, and I'm a big fan.

This I have known and appreciated since it arrived here a year ago. But new cars come in through the front door for testing and evaluation all the time. Week-long road trips, dirt road excursions and towing needs have drawn me away to larger, more utilitarian vehicles.

Today I had an errand to run 50 miles away from home and the office. The Mazda 3 fit the bill perfectly and made the trip as enjoyable as ever. After I got home I headed out once more to get a haircut and the odometer rolled over to 20,000 miles as I pulled up to the curb. It could just as well have been 2,000 miles. It doesn't drive or feel any different than it did when it was new.

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2014 Mazda 3: The Bike Fits Easily

June 25, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Here's another reason to like the 2014 Mazda 3: Order it as a hatchback and it's simple to throw things like a 29er mountain bike in the back.

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2014 Mazda 3: Useful Cargo Space, Sort of

May 20, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Last week, I had a few big boxes to ship with long, fragile car parts inside. Both boxes were 70 inches long by 12 inches high and 12 inches wide and I needed something to haul them in. So when the sign-out sheet came around and our long-term 2014 Mazda 3 hatchback was available, I thought, "Perfect, a hatchback. That'll haul my stuff." Getting the boxes to fit though, wasn't as easy as I expected.

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2014 Mazda 3: Securing a Flat Tire

May 14, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Turns out the folks over at Mazda think of everything. I'm a big proponent of securing heavy cargo so it doesn't fly around in an accident. And loads don't come much heavier in a passenger car than a wheel and tire.  Our 2014 Mazda 3 has the right equipment for the job.

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2014 Mazda 3: Eighteen-Inch Wheels Fit Easily

May 12, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Our 2014 Mazda 3 easily fit four 18-inch Porsche wheels, remnants from a cross-country road trip, into the rear cargo area. Just drop the second row seatbacks to create a large, flat-load floor and slide them in. We didn't even need to remove the cargo cover clipped to the rear hatch. Hatchbacks are great.

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2014 Mazda 3: Americans Like Sedans

March 26, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Behold. The empty cargo bay of the 2014 Mazda 3 S. I loaded a shallow cabinet about three feet tall, six cardboard boxes full of books, and a handful of other loose knickknacks in here earlier. You didn't want to see the photo. Seriously. Looked like I was living out of the car.

When I finally cleared the hold, I stood back and stared. I decided a wagon/hatchback/truck bed will always have a place in my life. They will be a prerequisite before any coupes or roadsters are considered. They just make too much sense.

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2014 Mazda 3: A Place for Everything

March 25, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

And everything in its place.

There's not a lot of nook-and-cranny storage in the Mazda 3. A cavity molded into each front door panel holds an oversize bottle of water. There's a narrow box under the armrest, a sliver of flat space ahead of the shifter and a glovebox. It's enough, but we've grown accustomed to more (cue the chorus of "but it's a driver's car!").

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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.

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