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2014 Mazda 3: Daily Life Is Just a Little Better With a Mazda 3

July 18, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Just about every small economy car sold today will get you where you want to go while still being respectably pleasant to drive. They're safe, quick enough to get out of their own way, decently comfortable up front and can be equipped with many of the latest convenience features.

Only a few small affordable cars, however, go beyond this and actually provide an engaging driving experience that helps to make normally mundane trips a little more fun. The 2014 Mazda 3 happens to be one of them.

There are a lot of small-car buyers out there who probably feel they don't need a car that's "fun to drive." But if the Mazda 3 still checks all the "Point A to Point B" boxes, why wouldn't you want something that engages you on top of all that?

While on vacation a couple of months ago, I rented a small sedan that's a competitor to the Mazda 3. It was a fine car. But I didn't look forward to driving it every day like I do with the 3. Firing up our long-termer, I know I'm going to appreciate its upscale interior, snappy acceleration, quick steering and stylish looks. It's almost like getting a BMW, but as an economy car.

If you're shopping for a small car, I certainly recommend checking out the Mazda 3.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 10,104 miles

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