Best of Awards — 2014 Mazda3 Sedan and Hatch — The Smartest Compact Car in America

The Mazda3 is an amazing, incredible achievement.

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While preparing this article, I could not help being stunned by these tasteful, unique and attractive designs inside and out.

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Both the 5-door and the brand-new four-door sedan are extremely good-looking and sophisticated cars from all angles.

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I thought to myself — is this the thinking man’s BMW or VW Golf? As I moved further into the specs, I realized — this is just a brilliant package up and down the range!

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Automatic, manual, small engine or big: the Mazda3 just nails every single category or theoretical competitor I can think to name.

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It is so good, so advanced, and so affordable from just $16,900 — it must with the Car-Revs-Daily Best of Award! (Yes, we do these honors year-round when appropriate.)

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The new sedan maintains all the merits of the first-launched hatch: including outstanding efficiency, handling and even style.

There really is none of the previous Mazda3 sedan’s ‘stubby-ness’ in the tail section, while the LEDs front and rear might be a new favorite of mine at any price.

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