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2014 Mazda 3 Sedan - Rating Details

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Vehicle Tested

2014 Mazda 3 i Touring Sedan (2.0L 4-cyl. FWD 6-speed Automatic)

Driven On 9/24/2013

Ratings Summary

The 2014 Mazda 3 maintains its reputation as a driver's car with rewarding handling, competitive performance and a genuine personality. Now, however, it also offers a supple and quiet ride, more features and better interior quality than ever before, putting it at the top of our list.
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Performance Acceleration, steering, and handling are front of the class, but that doesn't cause it to suffer in everyday driveability, where it's also one of the best.
Acceleration
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With better-than-average acceleration in our tests, the 155-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is one of the best in the segment. The 6-speed automatic transmission is smooth and quick.
Braking
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Our recorded panic-stop distance of 133 feet from 60 mph is average for the class, though pedal feel and effectiveness are exceptionally good.
Steering
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There are few, if any, cars with electric power steering (EPS) that offer the kind of feel and precision of this Mazda 3. It's as good as it gets.
Handling
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The Mazda 3 is capable and confident, one of the best handling cars in the segment even if our testing numbers don't show a huge gap. It makes every on-ramp fun.
Driveability
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Traditionally erring on the side of performance, the Mazda 3 is finally a car that everyone can live with every day. Supremely easy to drive with a slick transmission.
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Comfort Comfortable and controlled ride plus a quiet cabin add up to better-than-average comfort. The front seats are comfortable, but the rear seat area is tight. The seat material is a strange kind of slightly coarse corduroy.
Seating Comfort
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Well-contoured/bolstered sport seats hold you in place while providing good comfort on long drives. The corduroy-like seat material looks odd, isn't as soft as the cloth in a Honda Civic.
Ride Comfort
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One of the biggest improvements to the all-new Mazda 3 is the ride comfort. It's isolated and stable without being soft and floaty. A great compromise.
Quietness
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The 2.0-liter engine can get raspier under hard acceleration than some competitors. Wind and tire noise are minimal even at freeway speeds.
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Interior Huge strides with this redesign elevate the Mazda 3 above the status quo on the inside. Finally those looking for a great-driving economy compact won't have to sacrifce in other areas.
Ergonomics
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Ergonomics are outstanding with all controls easily usable while driving. Buttons are large and clear with the generously-sized touchscreen and rotary knob offering advanced controls.
Ingress/Egress
B
Large, light doors open wide. Even rear seat entry/exit is good, which is hard to find in this class.
Space/Room
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The driver's "cockpit" is cozy, but not tight. Ample head- and leg-room. Rear seat space is limited, especially compared to the new Toyota Corolla.
Visibility
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Visibility is quite good thanks to a low dash and high seating position. Blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic warning is standard on this 3i Touring. The rearview camera is optional.
Cargo/Storage
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At 12.4 cu-ft, the trunk is of average size, but the standard fold-down rear seat expands the possibilities. Opt for the 4-dr hatchback if 20-47 cu-ft of luggage/cargo is needed.
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Value The Mazda 3's decent fuel economy and sub-18K starting price mark only the beginning of this car's value proposition.
Build Quality (vs. $)
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Mazda made a huge step forward for 2014 in terms of materials and build quality. All knobs and buttons feel solid with positive action, though the seat material could be better.
Features(vs. $)
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Standard equipment includes Bluetooth, USB input, sport seats and alloy wheels. This $23,435 3i Touring also had nav, Bose Audio, cruise control, dual-zone climate control and Commander dial.
Cost
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The base Mazda 3 starts under $18K, fully loaded examples with leather will be above $23k. The pricing versus standard/available equipment makes the Mazda 3 highly competitive.
MPG
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The Mazda 3 is rated by the EPA at 33 mpg Combined (29 City/41 Highway). We managed 29.1 mpg overall with a best tank of 32.5 mpg.
Warranty
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With a 3-year/36,000-mile basic and 5-yr/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, the Mazda is right in line with its main competitors.
Ownership
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Roadside Assistance is available during the 3-year/36,0000-mile basic warranty period.
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Fun To Drive Hands-down the best car in its segment in terms of being fun to drive. It offers sport sedan handling and a standout personality in a pool of econoboxes.
Driving Experience
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Proves the point that driving an economy car doesn't have to be boring and disconnected. The Mazda 3 is engaging and alive without being nervous, tiring or rough.
Personality
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Genuine personality: Stylish, fun, and engaging while others in this segment are as interesting as plain vanilla. This is the car you buy because you actually like driving.
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