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New or used, the Mazda3 either as a 4-door sedan or 4-door hatchback is a fun car to drive. On the market since 2004, and now into its third generation of design, the Mazda3 offers a road-hugging suspension and responsive engine, making it a sporty option for anyone looking for an affordable, cost-effective compact car. You can stick with the base model, or move up to more luxurious trims with even more peppy engine specs.
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2014 finds the Mazda3 in fine condition as its makers have redesigned pretty much every component to make the car modern and engaging for today’s consumer. Plus, mpg is an impressive 30 city / 41 hwy. The last time the Mazda 3 was significantly redesigned was the 2010 model year. The exterior is sleeker, sportier, and refined with each iteration. The traditional Mazda happy face front design has been replaced with a more sophisticated grille. Inside, a technology make-over provides Web-connectivity via Bluetooth, adaptive cruise control, and adaptive front-lighting which moves your headlights with your steering angle as you turn corners to give you a better look at what lies ahead. The Mazda3 4-door is now available in 6 trims: iSV, iSport, iTouring, iGrand Touring, sTouring, and sGrand Touring.
The base model, the iSV comes with exterior features like daytime running lights, black beltline trim, 16-inch steel wheels, and an integrated rear window antenna. Allergy sufferers will appreciate that the air conditioning system has a pollen filter on the iSV. Other interior features at this trim level worth mentioning include remote keyless entry, a push button start, front center console storage, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, USB audio input port, and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with 4 speakers.
The iSport comes with all of the standard features of the iSV but with a couple of extras: in exterior design you have the added bonus of body-colored dual power side mirrors and in the interior you have cruise control with steering wheel-mounted control, dual map lights and a rear cabin light, a 60/40 split rear seatback, and Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio capabilities.
The iTouring is where you start to see more additions to the exterior design with heated side mirrors, a bright beltline trim, a rear decklid spoiler, and interior treats like premium cloth-trimmed sport seats and a leather wrapped steering wheel. Like the iSport to the iSV, the iGrand Touring comes with the same features as the iTouring but with a few noteworthy upgrades like a 6-way, power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment and variable heated front seats.
The sTouring and sGrand Touring main difference from its i-cousins is a different engine and modified transmission. The i-trims come with the SKYACTIV 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine but s-trims come with a 184 horsepower, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
2014 MAZDA MAZDA3 SAFETY RATING
The Mazda 3 series was named a 2014 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety which gave it a “Good” rating in all 5 categories testing front and side impacts. Some stand-out available safety features on the new 4-door models include blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, 911 automatic emergency notification, adaptive front-lighting, Smart City Brake Support, lane departure warning, forward obstruction warning, and the Mazda Radar Cruise Control. The Mazda Radar Cruise Control feature automatically controls the engine and brakes on your Mazda3 to ensure a safe speed and driving distance between you and the car in front of you.
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE 2014 MAZDA MAZDA3
US News and World Report
ranked the Mazda3 #1 in Affordable Small Cars.
Affordable Compact Cars and Kiplinger Personal Finance named the Mazda3 best overall value in its class.
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