2014 Mazda 3 i Touring Full Test Specs | Edmunds

2014 Mazda 3 - Road Test Specs

2014 Mazda 3 Sedan

(2.0L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2014 Mazda 3 i Touring 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 5-passenger sedan
Base MSRP$21,440
Options on test vehicleSnowflake White Pearl Mica ($200), Technology Package ($1,600 -- includes 7-inch color touchscreen display with GPS navigation; multifunction commander control; rearview camera; Bose nine-speaker surround-sound audio system with Centerpoint 2 and AudioPilot 2; HD Radio; Sirius/XM satellite radio with 4-month subscription; Aha Radio, Pandora and Stitcher Internet radio integration; SMS text message audio delivery and reply; infotainment system voice command; E911 automatic emergency notification; dual-zone automatic climate control system; overhead console with sunglasses holder; illuminated vanity mirrors; shark-fin antenna), Door Sill Trim Plates ($125), Cargo Mat ($70)
As-tested MSRP$23,435
Assembly locationHofu, Japan
North American parts content (%)0


ConfigurationTransverse, front engine, front-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, direct-injected inline-4, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,998/122
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)13.0
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)155 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)150 @ 4,000
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter and manual mode
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 3.552
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.591


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearMultilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)I=3.552, II=2.022, III=1.452, IV=1.0, V=0.708, VI=0.599
Tire make and modelYokohama Avid S34FV
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire sizeP205/60R16 91H M+S
Wheel size16-by-6.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front11-inch ventilated discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear10.4-inch solid discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.1
0-45 mph (sec.)5.4
0-60 mph (sec.)8.3
0-75 mph (sec.)12.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.2 @ 87.3
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.0
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.4
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.7
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.6
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)12.6
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)16.3 @ 87.1
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)34
60-0 mph (ft.)133
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)63.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.82
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.82
Sound level @ idle (dB)41.1
@ Full throttle (dB)72.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.3
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,000

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe Mazda 3 gets off the line well, could even get a trace of wheelspin sometimes. Pretty quick upshifts right at redline, with nice gear spacing to keep the revs up. That tiny digital tachometer off to the left of the instrument panel is fairly pathetic, though. Overlapping throttle and brake at launch to bring the revs up was good for 3-4 tenths of a second. The Mazda 3 can be shifted manually with the console lever (push forward for downshifts, yes!), but this proved slower by several tenths. Will hold gears to the 6,500-rpm redline, and it does blip the throttle on manual downshifts.
Braking commentsOnly a little bit of nosedive but rather long pedal travel, though the pedal had a firm feel. The Mazda moved side to side a bit with each stop and distances were surprisingly lengthy. The first run was the shortest at 133 feet. The second, fourth and sixth (and final) runs were all 137 feet.
Handling commentsSlalom: The Mazda 3 has quick reflexes, precise and communicative steering, intuitive behavior at the limit, and an electronic stability control (ESC) that's calibrated to go to DEFCON 2 in our rapidly transitioning slalom test. Just as the car begins to dance and respond, the ESC believes it's out of control. Some more advanced systems are lenient as long as the driver's input reveals a skill level commensurate with the attitude of the car. Skid pad: Here, however, in a steady-state exercise, the ESC is very lenient and intelligent, providing enough of a leash to effectively match feedback and results regardless of it being fully on or fully off.

Testing Conditions

Test date9/24/2013
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)84.9
Relative humidity (%)16.3
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.70
Wind (mph, direction)1.50 headwind
Odometer (mi.)866
Fuel used for test87 octane
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)36/36

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)34 combined/30 city/41 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)29.1
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.2
Driving range (mi.)541.2

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionNine-speaker CD/AM/FM/HD with satellite radio, Aha Radio, Pandora and Stitcher internet radio integration
Satellite radioSirius/XM satellite radio with 4-month subscription
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard phone and audio
Navigation systemOptional with 7-inch screen
Smart entry/StartStandard
Driver coaching displayStandard

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,866
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,903
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60.7/39.3
Length (in.)180.3
Width (in.)70.7
Height (in.)57.3
Wheelbase (in.)106.3
Track, front (in.)61.2
Track, rear (in.)61.4
Turning circle (ft.)34.8
Legroom, front (in.)42.2
Legroom, rear (in.)35.8
Headroom, front (in.)38.6
Headroom, rear (in.)37.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.2
Shoulder room, rear (in.)54.4
Seating capacity5
Trunk volume (cu-ft)12.4
Ground clearance (in.)6.1


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles

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