2014 Mazda 3 s Five-Door Full Test Specs | Edmunds

2014 Mazda 3 - Road Test Specs

2014 Mazda 3 Hatchback

(2.5L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2014 Mazda Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Vehicle TypeFWD 4dr 5-passenger hatchback
Base MSRP$27,290
Options on test vehicleCargo Mat ($70), Rear Bumper Guard ($100), Scuff Plates/Door Sill Trim Plates ($125)
As-tested MSRP$27,585
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)2,488/152
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)13.0
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,250
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6,250
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)184 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)185 @ 3,250
Fuel typeRegular unleaded
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles with Sport/Competition modes
Transmission ratios (x:1)I: 3.552; II: 2,022; III: 1.452; IV: 1.000; V:0.708; VI: 0.599; R: 3.893
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.389


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14
Tire make and modelDunlop SP Sport 5000
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size215/45R18 89W
Wheel size18-by-7.0 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front11.61-inch one-piece ventilated with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear10.43-inch one-piece solid with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.9
0-45 mph (sec.)5.1
0-60 mph (sec.)7.8
0-75 mph (sec.)11.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.8 @ 89.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.6
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.1
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.4
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.2
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)11,8
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)15.9 @ 88.6
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)126
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON61.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.81
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.80
Sound level @ idle (dB)40.2
@ Full throttle (dB)73.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.5
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,250

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAfter sampling Drive, Sport Drive, and manual-shift Sport mode, the best results came in Sport Drive because the manual-shift requests aren't registered/don't happen quickly enough and result in hitting the rev limiter. The car responded only a little to a modest amount of wheelspin, gaining about a half-second to 60 mph, but what advantage it had there is effectively erased at the end of the quarter-mile. This is a peppy car, but not what I'd call exhilarating or fast.
Braking commentsOnly a little bit of nosedive, and modest pedal travel despite the pedal feeling firm and consistently confident. The car moved side to side a bit with each stop, and distances were growing with each successive stop in a typical fade progression. First stop was the shortest of four. These tires don't seem like they can take full advantage of the mechanical system upstream. These are only so-so numbers from an otherwise sporty hatchback.
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. It's interesting that this Mazda 3 s Grand Touring (with its wider tires where one would assume more grip) was outperformed in handling by the Mazda 3 i Grand Touring we last tested. This car has slower slalom speeds and less measured grip on the skid pad.

Testing Conditions

Test date1/14/2014
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)78.62
Relative humidity (%)7.62
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)29.02
Wind (mph, direction)8.1, head/cross
Odometer (mi.)1,427
Fuel used for test87-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)36/36

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)31 combined/27 city/37 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)28.3
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.2
Driving range (mi.)488.4

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionNine-speaker Bose
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack
Satellite radioStandard
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemStandard 7-inch display screen (measured diagonally)
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Optional
Smart entry/StartStandard
Parking aidsBack-up camera, rear cross-traffic detection
Blind-spot detectionStandard
Adaptive cruise controlOptional
Lane-departure monitoringOptional departure warning
Collision warning/avoidanceOptional
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayNot available

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,002
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,038
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)61.2/38.8
Length (in.)175.6
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.)37.3
Headroom, rear (in.)37.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.2
Shoulder room, rear (in.)54.4
Seating capacity5
Trunk volume (cu-ft)20.2
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)47.1
GVWR (lbs.)4,072
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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