Road Test Review w/ Pricing and Specs – 2014 Mazda3 Grand Touring



We were amazed with the all-new 2014 Mazda3 from the moment we laid eyes on it - especially the slinky and low-slung sedan variant that just arrived this Spring to Mazda dealers nationwide.

After some joyful driving of the loaded 2014 Mazda3 s Grand Touring model, it is clear that the praise we shared in the "2014's Smartest Compact" article was not sufficient. This might be the best car on the market in general, with no caveats for size or price.

It is that good. I am struggling to convey how outstanding a machine it is in all regards -- with the best alternative headline I could think of below.

"2014 Mazda3 Makes Focus Look 10 Years Out-of-Date and $10k Too Expensive."

or

"2014 Mazda3 Makes Focus Feel Like Chevy Spark."

That is pretty high praise for someone who has generally admired the Focus's upscale approach to the compact car segment. But as the Focus restyle and upgrade for 2015 was rolled out last month makes clear: Focus is on borrowed time for the savviest customers. It is firmly in the back half of its model cycle - with little but rehashings of the 2011-launched car to keep it steady for perhaps the next three to five years. It is stuck in the medicrity gap that makes me cringe when looking at the 2010 model Focus. Yuck.

Similar story with the Chevrolet Cruze, which is refreshed for 2015 with a completely unnoticeable nip/tuck.

In truth, the Mazda3 really finds its most accomplished competition in the Volkswagen GTD and Golf, if not the full-fat GTI just yet. (The 2014 Mazdaspeed3 is still based on the previous-gen model.)

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EXTERIOR

The Mazda3 is quite a handsome car. It really attracts and lures the eye into swirling all around its various surfaces. Clean shashes and crease points are subtle, but effective, at conveying the modernity of the design from all sides. LED accents front and rear are joined by LED brake lights and bi-xenon HIDs on the GT models. Besides the lack of alloys on the cheap trims, this is still an ultra-handsome and refined design that looks new, serious, appealing, high-tech and relatively expensive. Debadge this car completely and many would add a price starting in the $30,000 range.

Another big piece of news discussed in the video above is the sedan -- which is now arguably even more handsome than the low-roof design of the five-door. This is a change versus my previous feeling that the MAzda3 sedan was somehow an afterthought versus the more-resolved style of the old five-doors.

They are both incredibly handsome on the road from all sides -- with the chiseled new jawline grille a welcome break from the previous grinning Mazda3 face.

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MAZDA IS NOW COMPETING WITH LUXURY BRANDS

Other true competition for the Mazda3 comes from the Acura ILX, the BMW 228i and the Audi A3 1.8 -- all three of which are priced at least $5000 or so above the loaded five-door Mazda3 S Grand Touring we tested - which carries a price in the mid-$26,000 range.

Without much fanfare or self-kudos, the Mazda lineup is quietly becoming a real player. Its Mazda6, the CX-5 and now the Mazda3 twins are seriously exceptional cars by all measures. I loved this car - and it was a hoot on the twisty roads of the test route.

MECHANICAL RECOMMENDATION

The up-level 2.5-liter engine and the automatic transmission are my recommendations overall, despite Mazda's excellent manual transmission and the near-as-quick 2.0-liter that comes standard on the $16,000 sedan and base $18,000 hatchback.

Both engines, by the way, deliver real-world mileage that is nothing short of amazing: 28/39 is a realistic prospect for city/highway mileage -- all while being extremely smooth, quiet and refined. Excellent achievement for the SkyActiv Mazda engineering teams.

 

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SUMMARY and CALL_TO_ACTION

Are you convinced yet? Good! This really is an exceptional car that out-punches its weight on handling, style, equipment, interior refinement and affordability. Go buy one. Today!

Or at least cruise over any build one yourself on MazdaUSA.com links below...

http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/configEntryPoint.action?buttonAction=continue&vehicleCode=M3S&modelYear=2014&skipZip=0&from=&zip=29455

 

 

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Official Details below from Mazda.

PRICING - 2014 Mazda3 - 5-Door Hatch and 4-Door Sedan

 

2014 MAZDA3 5-Door

i Sport

i Touring

i Grand Touring

s Touring

s Grand Touring

MSRP starting at

$18,945*

$20,095*

$23,245*

$25,095*

$26,495*

2014 MAZDA3 4-Door

i SV

i Sport

i Touring

i Grand Touring

s Touring

s Grand Touring

MSRP starting at

$16,945*

$18,445*

$19,595*

$22,745*

$24,595*

$25,995*

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INTERIOR GALLERY

MODEL SUMMARIES - 5-Door Hatch and 4-Door Sedan

 

 

MAZDA3 5-Door At a Glance

 

2014 MAZDA3 4-Door

i SV

i Sport

i Touring

i Grand Touring

s Touring

s Grand Touring

MSRP starting at

$16,945*

$18,445*

$19,595*

$22,745*

$24,595*

$25,995*

MAZDA3 4-Door At a Glance

Safety Features

Standard safety features include advanced front air bags, front side-impact air bags, side-impact air curtains, Dynamic Stability Control** with Traction Control System. 4-wheel ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist. Available Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert††, E911 automatic emergency notification, Adaptive Front-lighting System, Smart City Brake Support‡‡, Lane Departure Warning System***, High Beam Control, Forward Obstruction Warning‡‡‡, Mazda Radar Cruise Control‡‡‡

 

TECH SPECS

 

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Engine
Engine typeSKYACTIV-G 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder with VVTSKYACTIV-G 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder with VVT
Horsepower155 hp @ 6000 rpm184 hp @ 5700 rpm
Torque150 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm185 lb-ft @ 3250 rpm
Redline6800 rpm6500 rpm
Displacement (cc)19982488
Bore x stroke (mm)83.5 x 91.289.0 x 100.0
Compression ratio13.0 : 113.0 : 1
Fuel systemAdvanced Direct InjectionAdvanced Direct Injection
Recommended fuelRegular unleadedRegular unleaded
ValvetrainChain-driven dual overhead cams, 4 valves per cylinder with variable intake valve timing (VVT)Chain-driven dual overhead cams, 4 valves per cylinder with variable intake valve timing (VVT)
Ignition systemDirect coil-on-plug electronic ignition with platinum-tipped spark plugsDirect coil-on-plug electronic ignition with platinum-tipped spark plugs
Engine blockAluminum alloyAluminum alloy
Cylinder headAluminum alloyAluminum alloy
Emission control type (Fed/Cal)Tier2 - BIN5 / Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV)Tier2 - BIN5 / Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV)
EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy
Manual transmission (city/hwy)29 / 41Not Available
Automatic transmission (city/hwy)30 / 4128 / 39
Drivetrain
TypeFront-wheel drive (FWD)
Manual transmissionSKYACTIV-MT 6-speed overdriveNot Available
Automatic transmissionSKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed electronically controlled automatic with manual-shift modeSKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed electronically controlled automatic with manual-shift mode and sport function
Chassis
Steering typePower rack-and-pinion with variable assist
Power assistElectric Power Assist Steering
Overall steering ratio14 : 1
Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock2.57
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft)34.78
Suspension4-wheel independent
- FrontMacPherson strut with stabilizer bar
- RearMultilink with stabilizer bar
Brakes4-wheel disc4-wheel disc
- Front11.02-inch vented disc11.61-inch vented disc
- Rear10.43-inch solid disc10.43-inch solid disc
- ABS4-wheel, 4-channel with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist4-wheel, 4-channel with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist
Wheel size (in)16 x 6.518 x 7.0
Tire sizeP205/60R16 all-season radialP215/45R18 all-season radial
Weights & Capacities
Curb weight (lbs)  
- Manual transmission2781N/A
- Automatic transmission28482982

EXTERIOR FEATURES BY TRIM LEVEL

 

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Body
Halogen headlightsStandardStandardStandardStandardNot AvailableNot Available
Bi-Xenon High-Intensity-Discharge headlights with manual levelingNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardNot Available
Bi-Xenon High-Intensity-Discharge headlights with auto levelingNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableStandard
Automatic on/off headlightsNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableStandard
Adaptive Front-lighting SystemNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableStandard
High Beam Control SystemNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailablePackage Option
Daytime running lightsStandardStandardStandardStandardNot AvailableNot Available
LED daytime running lightsNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandard
Halogen fog lightsNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandard
Variable-intermittent windshield wipersStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardNot Available
Rain-sensing windshield wipersNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableStandard
Power sliding-glass moonroof with one-touch-open feature and interior sunshadeNot AvailableNot AvailablePackage OptionStandardNot AvailableStandard
Gloss black dual power side mirrorsStandardNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot Available
Body-colored dual power side mirrorsNot AvailableStandardNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot Available
Body-colored power side mirrors with integrated turn signalsNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandardStandardStandard
Heated side mirrorsNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandardStandardStandard
Black beltline trimStandardStandard    
Bright beltline trimNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandardStandardStandard
Integrated rear-window antennaStandardStandardStandardNot AvailableNot AvailableNot Available
Roof-mounted "shark fin" antennaNot AvailableNot AvailablePackage OptionStandardStandardStandard
Rear decklid spoilerNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandardStandardStandard
LED combination taillightsNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandard
Active grille shuttersNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailablePackage Option
Wheels & Tires
16-inch steel wheels with full coversStandardStandardNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot Available
16-inch aluminum-alloy wheelsNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandardNot AvailableNot Available
P205/60 R16 all-season radial tiresStandardStandardStandardStandardNot AvailableNot Available
18-inch aluminum-alloy wheelsNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandard
P215/45 R18 all-season radial tiresNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandard
Temporary spare tireStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)106.3
Track, front (in)61.2
Track, rear (in)61.4
Length (in)180.3
Width (in)70.7
Height (in) - (unladen)57.3
Minimum ground clearance (in) - (laden)6.1

 

 

 

INTERIOR FEATURES BY TRIM LEVEL

 

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Comfort & Convenience
Air conditioning with pollen filterStandardStandardStandardNot AvailableNot AvailableNot Available
Dual-zone automatic climate control with pollen filterNot AvailableNot AvailablePackage OptionStandardStandardStandard
Power windows with driver's one-touch-down/up featureStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Power door locks with 2-stage unlocking featureStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Cruise control with steering-wheel-mounted controlsNot AvailableStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Rearview camera†††Not Available Package OptionStandardStandardStandard
Mazda Radar Cruise Control‡‡‡Not AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailablePackage Option
Remote keyless entryStandardStandardNot AvailableNot Available Not Available
Mazda Advanced Keyless EntryNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandardStandardStandard
Push button startStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Tilt & telescopic steering wheelStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Manual day/night rearview mirrorStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardNot Available
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableStandard
12-volt power outletNot AvailableNot AvailablePackage OptionStandardStandardStandard
Dual 12-volt power outletStandardStandardStandardNot AvailableNot AvailableNot Available
Dual map lights, rear cabin lightNot AvailableStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Rear window defogger with timerStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Storage
Glove compartmentStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Front center console storageStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Center console armrestStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Overhead console with sunglasses holderNot AvailableNot AvailablePackage OptionStandardStandardStandard
Dual front cup holdersStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Front door storage pockets with bottle holdersStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Front passenger-side seatback pocketStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Rear center armrest with cup holdersNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandardStandardStandard
Rear door bottle holdersStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Seating & Trim
5-passenger seatingStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
6-way manual adjustable driver's seatStandardStandardStandardNot AvailableNot AvailableNot Available
6-way power adjustable driver's seat with manual lumbar adjustmentNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandardStandard
Variable heated front seatsNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandardStandard
60/40 split fold-down rear seatbackNot AvailableStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Cloth-trimmed sport seatsStandardStandardNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot Available
Premium cloth-trimmed sport seatsNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardNot AvailableNot AvailableNot Available
Leatherette-trimmed sport seatsNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandardNot Available
Perforated leather-trimmed sport seatsNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableStandard
Leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitchingNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandardStandardStandard
Leather-wrapped brake handle with red stitchingNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandardStandardStandard
Leather-wrapped gearshift knob with red stitchingNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandardStandardStandard
Carpet floor matsStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Audio & Navigation
AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible audio system with 4 speakersStandardStandardStandardNot AvailableNot AvailableNot Available
CD PlayerNot AvailableStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Steering-wheel-mounted audio controlsStandard (MT only)StandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio capabilityNot AvailableStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Auxiliary-audio input jack (3.5mm TRS)StandardStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
USB audio input portStandardStandardStandard/Package Option (2)Standard (2)Standard (2)Standard (2)
MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment system with: ****
-7-inch full color touch screen display
-Multi-function Commander control
-Infotainment system voice command
-Rearview Camera †††
-Mazda navigation system
-Bose® 9 speaker surround sound system with Centerpoint® 2 and AudioPilot® 2
-AM/FM/CD/MP3/HD Radio
-Pandora®, Stitcher™ and Aha™ internet radio integration
-SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 4-month trial subscription
-SMS text message auto deliver and voice reply
-E911 automatic emergency notification
Not AvailableNot AvailablePackage OptionStandardStandardStandard
Instrumentation
Analog speedometerStandardStandardStandardStandardNot AvailableNot Available
Digital tachometerStandard (MT only)StandardStandardStandardNot AvailableNot Available
Analog tachometer and digital speedometerNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandard
Active Driving Display (digital speedometer and other driving information)Not AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableStandardStandard
Dual trip odometersStandardStandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Trip computerStandard (MT only)StandardStandardStandardStandardStandard
Interior Dimensions & Capacities
Headroom, front/rear without moonroof (in)38.6 / 37.6Not Available38.6 / 37.6 
Headroom, front/rear with moonroof (in) 37.6 / 37.5 37.6 / 37.5
Shoulder room, front/rear (in)57.2 / 54.4
Hip room, front/rear (in)55.5 / 53.5
Legroom, front/rear (in)42.2 / 35.8
EPA passenger volume (cu ft)96.3
EPA cargo volume12.4

 

 

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Packages
Not AvailableNot AvailablePort Installed OptionNot AvailableNot AvailableNot Available
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 Not AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailablePort Installed Option
Options
Snowflake White Pearl Mica PaintPort Installed OptionPort Installed OptionPort Installed OptionPort Installed OptionPort Installed OptionPort Installed Option
Soul Red Metallic PaintPort Installed OptionPort Installed OptionPort Installed OptionPort Installed OptionPort Installed OptionPort Installed Option
Audio/Visual/Electronic
Compass auto-dimming mirrorPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryNot Available
Compass auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink®Port Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryNot Available
Rear Parking SensorsPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / Accessory
Remote engine start (automatic only)Port Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / Accessory
Portable Navigation Device - Garmin nuvi 44LMAccessoryAccessoryAccessory (w/o Navigation)Not AvailableNot AvailableNot Available
Portable Navigation Device - Garmin nuvi 2495LMTHDAccessoryAccessoryAccessory (w/o Navigation)Not AvailableNot AvailableNot Available
Portable Navigation Device - Garmin nuvi 2495LMTAccessoryAccessoryAccessory (w/o Navigation)Not AvailableNot AvailableNot Available
Exterior
Appearance PackageNot AvailableNot AvailableAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessory
Car coverAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessory
License plate framesAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessory
Moonroof wind deflector (Smoked acrylic)Not AvailableNot AvailableAccessory (w/moonroof pkg)AccessoryNot AvailableAccessory
Side Window DeflectorsAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessory
Splash Guards, Front (Not available with Side Sill Extensions)AccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessory
Splash Guards, Rear (Not available with Bumper Skirt)AccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessory
Fog LightsPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryNot AvailableNot Available
Wheel LocksAccessoryAccessoryPort Installed OptionPort Installed OptionPort Installed OptionPort Installed Option
Rear Bumper GuardAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessory
Rear Lip SpoilerAccessoryAccessoryNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot Available
Paint Protection
Door edge and Handle CupsAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessory
Front bumper upgradeAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessory
Hood & front fender kitPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / Accessory
Door edge and rear bumper topPort Installed OptionPort Installed OptionPort Installed OptionPort Installed OptionPort Installed OptionPort Installed Option
Interior
Alloy Pedals (Accelerator, Brake/Clutch & Footrest)AccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessory
Cargo MatPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / Accessory
Cargo NetPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / Accessory
Cargo TrayPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / Accessory
Roadside assistance kitAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessory
First aid kitAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessory
Windshield sunscreenAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessoryAccessory
All-weather Floor MatsPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / Accessory
Interior Lighting kitPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / Accessory
Door Sill Trim PlatesPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / AccessoryPort Installed Option / Accessory

 

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