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2014 Mazda3 stands out Honda Civic, Toyota as driver’s car

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If you had to pick one word to Mazda of Japan, it would be

Over the last 50 years, the has delivered an array of vehicles conventional, rotary and Miller engines. With the MX-5 it presided over the resurrection of the two-seat sports car, is still going strong.

The also called a Wankel powered the Mazda R7 and R8 sports The Miller, which breathes from conventional gasoline was installed in the company’s Millenia

Mazda’s latest tool is the company calls Skyactiv now the soul of the 2014 Mazda3, the entry in the compact class of and hatchbacks. It’s a catchall that describes a suite of to every aspect of a new car to improve and fuel economy.

Call it a holistic approach to design. It means removing weight from every and cranny, redesigning automatic and transmissions, refining suspension directly injecting fuel and air engines, and minimizing power with electric steering.

One enhancement, called i-ELOOP, electricity from braking and it in a capacitor to power on-board It comes as part of an option that also includes grille shutters to manage air lane departure and forward warnings, and adaptive radar control.

There are 11 versions of the Mazda3. Models with an i come with a 155-horsepower, four-cylinder engine. Those an s attached come with the 2.5-liter four.

All feature the company’s new Kodo philosophy, which delivers a body minus the big smile of the previous model. They with the 3i SV four-door at $17,740 and top out the 3s Grand Touring hatchback at Options can push it into $30,000.

The Mazda folks are of the new Mazda3 interiors. They say designers used the interior of a BMW 320i as a benchmark for quality and workmanship. It shows. The new 3 has a simply tasteful interior with touch materials and contrasting

Though the Mazda3 competes in the class against such cars as the Honda Civic, Corolla, Ford Focus, Sentra and Versa Note, Dart and Chevrolet Cruze, it has managed to stand apart.

With a choice of engines as as four-door sedan and hatchback styles, it has a reputation as a driver’s That impression has been by the Mazdaspeed3, a performance model, with a high percentage of who order manual gearboxes anywhere from 12 percent to 17 In the overall market, only 5 percent choose manuals.

no word yet about a new Mazdaspeed3. For now the choices, both Skyactiv, are the and 2.5-liter four-bangers. All models with pushbutton starting, air and Bluetooth connectivity. Cruise is standard on all but the base SV model.

For who crave control, the 2.0 with the manual would be the combination of The stick is available on all 2.0-liter Unfortuately, for those who crave a bit power and appointments, the 2.5-liter only comes with the automatic, though it includes a shift mode.

The test car, a 3i Grand four-door hatchback, had a smooth linkage with light engagement, a good thing driving uphill and down frequent shifting. Acceleration was but the engine sometimes became in higher gears.

At $24,040, included a navigation system, climate control, Sirius XM radio, HD radio rearview blind-spot monitoring, rear traffic alert and full equipment, including a device holds the car in place when off uphill.

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An unusual feature on some upscale models is a display, which Mazda an active driving display. It driver information at eye level unlike the systems in most that reflect off the inside of the Mazda displays the visuals on a small screen on the top of the dash, to the driver. It works fine, but the display washes out in bright

Interior comfort is first for four people, although the sport seats on the test car hot and sticky over long The hatchback’s back seat has room for the outboard passengers but the seating position is impossibly


Model: 2014 i Grand Touring four-door sedan.

Engine: 2.0-liter 155 horsepower.

Transmission: Six-speed

Overall length: 14 feet 8

EPA passenger/cargo volume: 96/20 feet.

Weight: 2,797

EPA city/highway/combined fuel consumption: mpg.

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