If you feel like you’ve been hearing a lot about Mazda recently, you are correct. They just keep garnering accolades and awards seemingly every week. At the forefront of this positive attention is the 2014 Mazda3. The all-new, redesigned Mazda3 has impressed many reviewers with its powerful engine, luxurious cabin and athletic handling even challenging cars at much higher price points for supremacy but don’t just take our word for it. Here’s a look at what others are saying about this car that has it all:
“Purposeful styling, fuel-efficient engines and an ideal ride and handling balance keep the 2014 Mazda 3 among the favorites in the compact car class.” – Edmunds
“Multiple trim grades, two fuel-efficient engine choices and several class-exclusive convenience and safety features make the Mazda3 an even more enticing alternative to rivals like the Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, and Toyota Corolla.” – Kelley Blue Book
It’s hard to make firm conclusions from the short exposure we get with a car on a press launch, but it’s a solid bet to say the Mazda3 is the best compact on the market. In a segment that long ago shed its reputation for being entirely stodgy or boring (a change for which Mazda can claim some credit, thanks to the original 3), the new Mazda3 stands out as the most stylish and the most fun to drive.” - Popular Mechanics
“We got an amazing 45 MPG on the highway with the automatic transmission and an impressive 41 with the manual.” – Consumer Reports
As you can see, the 2014 Mazda3 has received some high praise and deservedly so. The new sleek design of the Mazda3 is probably what earns most of the attention. The sexy and aggressive new lines of the 3 make it feel like you’re looking at more of a luxury segment car and keeping with that theme, what Mazda did with the interior is nothing short of amazing. With a modern, upscale feel to the cabin, one is able to fully enjoy the innovative technology Mazda has become known for over the years.
The best part about the 2014 Mazda3 is it’s not just all show and no go. The optional 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine provides 184hp and a sporty ride while the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is just peppy enough while boasting outstanding fuel efficiency at 30 mpg city/41 mpg highway.
These are just some of the reasons why the 2014 Mazda3 earned “Best Compact Car for the Money,” “Best Compact Car for Families,” and “Best Hatchback for Families,” by U.S. News and World Report and these are just some of the reasons why you’ll fall in love with the 2014 Mazda3. If you don’t believe us, come by Carousel Motors of Iowa City for a test drive because seeing is believing.