2014 Mazda 3: Harshness on the Highway
February 13, 2014
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.
Don't get us wrong, we love the cargo versatility of the hatch back, outstanding ergonomics, the engaging driving dynamics, and the impressive fuel economy.
However, after a couple hundred miles in the Mazda 3 on Los Angeles's notoriously choppy, variously paved and poured concrete (and sometimes rain-grooved) freeways, we're less impressed with the busy ride and road noise we endure.
It's the sort of thing that one might not notice until he tries to have a conversation with the stereo playing and abruptly the concrete surface disappears in exchange for smooth asphalt. Suddenly we're yelling with tense shoulders up around our ears and wonder what the heck we're doing. Huh?!
Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor