Test Drive: 2014 Mazda3 is strong but flawed update

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Mazda3 will please folk the brand targets, and quite a few others.


MPG: High for the vigorous the car invites Manual transmission: Chassis: Steering, brakes, a cut above

HELL, Mich. It’s a real place, and where jurors who vote on the American Car and Truck of the Year each fall for final time in cars they’ve fresh time in ones haven’t.

It’s the perfect for the arrested-development types among high-minded auto scribes to get a word into print, Who could resist?

Sited at the Wheels motorcycle club on a of the Hell Creek Ranch, the features the year’s array of new or updated vehicles vying for the North American Car and Truck of the awards announced at the Detroit show in January.

The Hell — all those nifty new models — a craving for the perfect blend of some from this some from that a few in the one over there.

In this case, the compact Mazda3, a full-scale redesign, on since September, has you wishing for a mix would include the Mazda’s own steering and brakes, the redesigned Corolla’s general roominess and serenity and Ford Focus’ chassis. Even though handling is part of Mazda’s schtick, the Focus is nonpareil mainstream compacts.

But never you quickly decide that about right as-is. At for the warm-blooded, elevated-pulse folk the targets, and perhaps quite a few

It’s available as a four-door and a five-door hatchback. Interestingly, the is about 5 inches shorter the sedan. Otherwise they’re the

Models with the 2-liter are designated i and those with the 2.5-liter are s.

The Mazdas driven here a 2-liter, four-door Grand sedan ($25,085) and a 2.5-liter Touring hatchback ($29,185), with six-speed automatics.

A Grand Touring sedan six-speed manual ($24,035) was back home in Northern suburbs.

The drawbacks we see are:

noise. Tires on test here sent up an awful on the coarsest local roads, though other vehicles Nor did the Mazda3 tested in Virginia.

obviously road-related, but your won’t always be well-paved, so useful to caution about the noise.

Tight back Illogical. The car’s bigger for The wheelbase — distance between and back wheels, which how much leg and knee room is — grew 3 inches. But Mazda 0.4 of an inch less rear in the new one. And it feels tighter that.

Front visibility. depend a bit on where you position the seat, but for many drivers, the pillar, called the A pillar, can your view of pedestrians and angling from the side.

But the good things are quite

The six-speed manual on the Virginia car the 2-liter four-cylinder dramatically. the same engine that’s in the CX-5 small SUV and, hooked to an automatic in the 3, is willing but

The 2.5-liter is to get a manual next

What makes it a good Smooth, quick shift with enough mechanical to let you know you’re not operating a electronic selector. A clutch doesn’t require an artist to smoothly. Pedal positioning lets you sit far enough from the wheel and still hit the floor the clutch pedal when

Mazda says 12% to 15% of 2-liter will choose the manual, and 15% to 20% of buyers will opt for a stick

Typically, just 3% to 7% of compact ask for a manual on other brands.

tuning blends responsive, brakes, snappy handling makes you seek S corners and you to take them faster you probably should, and excellent It is responsive without being and holds straight-ahead without little steering motions.

You pay for the crisp cornering with a that’s bumpier than on, a Sentra or Corolla.

Interior and comfort are exceptional. The console-mounted joystick control on the Grand test models wasn’t the to use, however.

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The navigation/backup-camera/everything-else is big and stands tall rather being sunk into the same as in a Mercedes-Benz CLA. easy to read. But it’ll like an aftermarket add-on to folks.

The new Mazda3’s good well-tuned chassis, and some interior touches should the car’s appeal outside driving enthusiasts, without that group.


What? Re-do of the brand’s a front-drive, four-door, five-passenger Available as four-door sedan or hatchback. 2-liter engine designated i; 2.5-liter as s.

When? On sale since

Where? Made at Hofu,

How much? Starts at $17,740 $795 shipping, for i SV base with six-speed manual. models, $25,390-up. Most the i Touring, 2-liter, automatic, at $21,440.

What makes it go? four-cylinder gasoline engine 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, 150 of torque at 4,000 rpm. manual is standard, six-speed optional.

2.5-liter four-cylinder 184 hp at 5,700 rpm; 185 lbs.-ft. at rpm. All have six-speed manual planned next

How big? About 1 inch all around than Honda sedan. Hatch, about 5 shorter than Mazda3 otherwise identical. Weight, 2,982 lbs.

Trunk 12.4 cubic feet. space (hatchback), 20.2 cu. ft. rear seat, 47. 1 cu. ft. with seat folded.

How thirsty? rated 29 or 30 mpg in the city, 40 or 41 highway, 33 or 34 city/highway. 2.5-liter: 27 or 28 city, 37 or 39 31 or 32 combined.

Test cars: 2.5-liter, got 32 mpg (3.13 gallons per 100 miles) in driving on rural two-lanes. automatic: 30.8 mpg (3.25 mi.) similar driving but wide-open throttle. 2-liter 25.9 mpg (3.86 gal./100 in vigorous suburban driving.

regular, holds 13.2

Overall: Stylish, quick, Noisier, stiffer-riding than

Toyota Corolla hatchback III
Toyota Corolla hatchback III
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