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Review: 2014 Mazda3 is the car you haven’t driven

Mazda a worthy successor to its small-car this time with better fuel economy and an engaging driving experience. The is targeting awfully strong such as the Toyota Corolla, Civic and Ford Focus. But we the new Mazda3 has what it takes to off an upset.

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Jablansky A little tough The new and improved 2014 Mazda3 has it takes to match strong from Ford, Honda, and Hyundai.

The automotive market is evolving, especially at the entry-level which is being reshaped by top in speed, precision, and near-luxury. doesn’t have to mean Millennial drivers expect no than automotive equivalents of a iPhone, even in the most and budget-minded models.

So, how do you craft the of a best-selling product without If you’re Mazda, and the models in are its bread-and-butter 3 hatchback and sedan, the is “very carefully.” The sleek of the previous Mazda3 helped it above a homogeneous crowd, and the models wear shapely styling reminiscent of the ones they replace.

As if trimmed with a sharp the styling of the ’14 model is more and refined. A higher, more beltline adds definition to the profile, giving the hatchback a silhouette. While the Mazda3 has been one of the more attractive cars, the interior was a point of in the second-generation model. It was often for being too spare, especially to German and American competitors featured fresher designs higher quality materials.

the ’14 Mazda3 hatchback is a revelation. A driver-oriented cabin rights all wrongs, and features the bells and that were lacking in iterations. It’s not perfect in this reviewer’s opinion, the cabin is not far from the ergonomic the Volkswagen Golf.

Jeffrey Jablansky We had no time for a the car wash during our week the Mazda3. Then again, a compact car is this fun to drive, who to sit still?

Our top-of-the-line Mazda3 i Touring tester included ignition and smart entry/exit, and satellite radio paired Bose audio, and a reversing An optional touchscreen infotainment with redundant controls a console-mounted knob, requires degree of patience to learn, but is nice premium touch. For drivers, a leather-wrapped steering with contrasting stitching is an sweet addition.

Creature are appreciated by all types of drivers, but of the front-wheel-drive 3 will love its powertrain. Two four-cylinder engines are across the lineup: a 2.0-liter that produces 155-horsepower, and a unit that produces 184 Both engines showcase SkyActiv-G technology, which performance and efficiency through fine-tuning to produce class-leading economy – to the tune of up to 40 mpg on the highway.

The base engine is available either a 6-speed manual or transmission, while the automatic is to the larger engine. Our tester was with the 2.0-liter engine and the manual, and what a sweet it proved to be. The precise feel of the gearbox is as sweet on the open as when crawling along in on Flatbush Avenue.

Jeffrey The 2014 Mazda3 is available as a or 5-door wagon (pictured

A high(ish) redline offers of fun in between stoplights, though equally fine to amble in top gear, thanks to the Mazda’s gear spacing and forgiving pedal. For what the 3 lacks in low-end grunt, it compensates exactness and accuracy in all of its controls.

Steering is the sharpest in its class, none of the numbness and lack of experienced on some of its competitors. The are strong and communicative, while the transmission and clutch work in harmony with the engine. The 3’s character is quite sporty, but not at the of comfort or usability.

The allure of the is matched by excellent fuel both in the city and on the highway, and the trickery of forced-air induction or a fuel-sipper” trim level. We able to reach the magic target, thanks to a week of that occurred mostly in and stormy and slushy Manhattan. convinced an extended highway would have easily up the MPGs, however.

Jeffrey Mazda was smart to pay extra to the cabin of the latest Mazda3. The and materials are a solid improvement the outgoing model.

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The most striking part of the is the car’s overall value and Although our 3 i Grand Touring stickered for approximately $24-grand, a sedan – bundled with of useful features – starts to $17,000.

In comparison, most of the competitors are strictly bare rides at that entry-level The 2014 Mazda3 is handsome, to drive, and it’s now more than ever before.

are you waiting for? Go and take little Mazda for a spin.

Jablansky The 5-door hatchback of the Mazda3 is extremely useful for lots of stuff. Fold the rear seats, and you have cu. ft. of cargo space available.

Stats: 2014 Mazda3 i Touring 5-door

Base $24,040 (includes $795 charge)

Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive, 155-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, manual or automatic transmission

Buy it Its spirited driving character, an for carrying cargo, and much fuel economy.

Skip it if: You driven anything else yet year.

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