2014 Mazda 3 – The real deal
Point blank, the 2014 Mazda 3 is the real deal. But didn’t we say that about the first-generation Mazda 3? Or the second generation Mazda 3? And now that Mazda has introduced the third generation, would it be understandable to wonder how this model could possibly have improved on the previous two iterations? Well, the answer to all of those questions except the last one is yes, while the latter question will be answered in just a second.
The all-new 2014 Mazda 3 is certainly an improvement over a vehicle that has done very well since it launched. But no car is perfect, and even if the Mazda 3 was praised for its driving dynamics and versatility, it also was criticized for its somewhat lackluster fuel economy and not-so-remarkable styling. All of that has changed now, and it has changed in a big way.
First off, the Mazda 3 is now a very handsome car, in much the same way as the Mazda 6 is a beautiful midsize sedan and the 2014 Mazda CX-5 is often considered the most stylish compact SUV in its class. Let’s be honest, compact models are not known for their head-turning style, but the Mazda 3 can pull off the feat of getting noticed in public.
Mazda’s KODO design language is to blame. The Mazda 3 now offers a bold, aggressive style that is complemented by a sharp front end featuring sleek headlights, a sculpted hood and mean-looking grille. The car now looks as fun to drive as it actually is. If you should choose the GT trim, you receive 18 inch wheels that really bring everything together.
Step inside the 2014 Mazda 3 and again, you will assuredly notice the difference between this generation and the generations that have come and gone. Those were nice inside, but the new Mazda 3 is nicer. The center console is clean and uncluttered, with only the important buttons controlling climate showing up in front of the driver. The rest of the functions are reached via a center display and a round knob located between the front seats.
Like a German luxury sedan, almost every feature, from the radio to Bluetooth connectivity, is accessed through this central display. Although it may take a bit of time to get used to, owners will quickly learn that having everything in one place is not a bad idea.
The interior is more spacious that the previous Mazda 3, especially in the back where three kids or two adults will be more than comfortable. The seats have also been improved, and they now offer even more lateral support while being plush enough to keep everyone from changing positions incessantly on a long drive.
This increases space is also visible when opening the trunk. The new Mazda 3 offers more cargo space than before, especially in the Sport version that can hold up to 572 liters. The sedan is no slouch either with its 350 liters of cargo space.
That being said, the key element of the new Mazda 3 is not its new styling or refined interior, but what is found under the hood. The last generation offered only one SkyActiv variant while the new generation is SkyActiv-only. But what is SkyActiv technology?
Put simply, it was designed to make Mazda vehicles more fuel-efficient without taking away any of the zoom-zoom associated with the Japanese manufacturer’s model range. More specifically, Mazda engineers revamped the engines, the transmissions and the chassis to make everything work better, thus improving fuel economy and performance at the same time.
That means the engines offer a higher compression ratio, a fined-tuned exhaust, and less internal friction. The transmissions are lighter and more compact, and the chassis is also lighter yet more rigid.
The base engine is a 2.0L four-cylinder motor that delivers 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can choose between a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic that combines the best elements of a continuously variable transmission and a dual-clutch gearbox.
The top-of-the-line GT model is powered by a 2.5L engine that develops 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. The only option with the Mazda 3 GT is the automatic gearbox, but a Sport mode is added for improved performance.
Regardless of which model you choose, the 2014 Mazda 3 is quicker and more dynamic than the previous generation. In a tight turn, the car remains poised and planted, and overall it is truly a blast to drive. On the other hand, it is also quieter and more comfortable overall than the last Mazda 3. The suspension does a great job in preventing road imperfections from rattling the driver and his or her occupants.
The new 2014 Mazda 3 has gotten better in every area, and that is why it is truly the real deal, even if we said the same thing about the last two Mazda 3 generations. Everything has been improved on the new model, yet the car has retained its fun personality. Head on over to us today for a test drive!