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2014 Mazda 3: I Like It

August 19, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

I like small feisty cars. I also like big cars. OK, I like cars.

Travis posted recently about how the 2014 Mazda 3 reminds him of his Acura Integra. As the proud owner of a last-gen Integra, I agree in some ways. It's small, sporty, sits low, enjoys a curve, and has the versatility of a hatchback.

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2014 Mazda 3: Performance Testing

July 30, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Back in January, when our 2014 Mazda 3 S five-door joined our long-term fleet, it marked a huge step forward for the venerable hatchback. Vast improvements took place inside and out, along with a slew of new features that raised the bar for the entire segment.

Even though the Mazda 3 is far more refined than its predecessors, its lively spirit and fun-to-drive nature are solidly intact. For definitive proof, we ran it through our usual battery of tests.

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2014 Mazda 3: Compromises

July 29, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

I've apparently become the Lexus demographic. This won't be a fair characterization to the fine folks who build F Sports and actively work to transform the brand's image from floaty to fiery. But as I get older and start chasing kids from my lawn, I'm less tolerant of tightly-wound ride compliance like the 2014 Mazda 3's.

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2014 Mazda 3: Like Our Macan, It Could Really Benefit From Summer Tires

July 24, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Last month, fellow editor Jay Kavanagh observed that our long-term Porsche Macan's handling abilities are tamed by its all-season tires. He recommended making sure to get the summer tires if you're buying a Macan. (You are getting a Porsche, after all.)

It's not the only vehicle in our fleet that could use a set of summer tires, though. I happen to think the same thing about our 2014 Mazda 3.

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2014 Mazda 3: A Sport Button That Actually Works

June 27, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Plenty of cars have "sport" modes these days, but not all of them are worth bothering with. They typically promise a heightened sense of urgency on the part of the engine and transmission through a change to their electronic programming.

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2014 Mazda 3: Piling on the Praise

June 24, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Recently, after what I thought had been a friendly discussion at work, I was informed that I had been "piling on," making the situation worse instead of better.

So I won't exactly be shocked if I'm accused of piling on yet again after this update on the 2014 Mazda 3 Hatchback. Because, like several other editors, I truly like this car.

With its sharp steering, composed handling, quick-reacting transmission and well-bolstered seats, the Mazda 3 drives unlike anything else in the economy compact class.

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2014 Mazda 3: Automatic Transmission's Manual Mode Works Well

June 23, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

We selected the "s" trim level for our 2014 Mazda 3, which means we got the upgraded 2.5-liter engine good for 184 horsepower. As Ed Hellwig previously commented, it's worth the extra cost given its stronger power and minimal fuel economy drop.

If you're a driving enthusiast, however, you might be bummed out that Mazda doesn't offer a manual transmission with this engine. It's a six-speed automatic or nothing. The good news for those car guys and car gals, at least, is that this automatic works quite well, particularly in its manual shifting mode.

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2014 Mazda 3: Larger Engine Worth the Extra Cost

May 13, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

When it comes to choosing which version of the 2014 Mazda 3 you want, one of the biggest decisions is whether to stick with the base 2.0-liter, four-cylinder or upgrade to the larger, 2.5-liter version.

For small hatchbacks like the 3, the extra power isn't always worth the reduction in mileage. In this case, however, I think the 2.5-liter engine is the better choice.

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2014 Mazda 3: It's Got Spunk

April 14, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Despite it being a noisy tapping machine, I like driving our 2014 Mazda 3. I've always had a fondness for sporty hatchbacks and I don't mind the Mazda 3's firmer ride. I'll put up with some noise over a wishy-washy soft ride any day.

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2014 Mazda 3: Harshness on the Highway

February 13, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Our new 2014 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring is proving to be very popular. It's always on the go, racking up miles at an impressive rate. Yet, a weekend of intensive Los Angeles freeway driving has us looking elsewhere for a long-haul driving companion.

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2014 Mazda 3: Fuel Economy Update for January

February 3, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Our new 2014 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring proved to be wildly popular in its first month with us. We piled on the miles, over 2,600 miles in fact. First, we followed proper break-in procedure, then we tested it at the track, and even drove it on the 120-mile Edmunds.com test loop. It's been a busy month.

Rated by the EPA to earn 31 mpg combined (27 city/37 highway), our average (even after deleting the 31.5 miles of wide-open throttle at the test track) is a disappointing 28.4 mpg. However, it is encouraging that we easily eclipsed the official 37 mpg highway figure with a remarkable 41 mpg stint on our high-biased test loop.

Clearly, the 2014 Mazda 3 can achieve remarkable fuel economy. That is, of course, depending on how it's driven. Here's its fuel log thus far.

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