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2014 Mazda 3 Hatchback
2014 Mazda 3 Hatchback
2014 Mazda 3 Sedan
2014 Mazda 3
The 2014 Mazda 3 brings a more-sophisticated platform, nicer interior materials, better fuel economy, and new technology features while maintaining the sporty, fun-to-drive personality that made the previous 3 a standout in its class.
The 2014 Mazda 3 was new from the ground up and was the third vehicle to offer the company’s full suite of “SKYACTIV” technologies. SKYACTIV was Mazda’s way of improving fuel economy without sacrificing driving enjoyment through the use of a strong, light-weight body and more efficient engines and transmissions. Mazda’s other two 2014-model SKYACTIV vehicles were the CX-5 compact SUV and 6 midsize sedan. The latter was also all new for 2014.
The 3 competed toe-to-toe with the likes of the Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic Sedan, Kia Forte, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Corolla. Like the Mazda, the Focus, Forte, and Versa offered buyers the choice of hatchback and sedan body styles. Kia’s hatchback was called the Forte 5-Door while Nissan’s was dubbed Versa Note.
Four-door hatchback and sedan Mazda 3 models were offered in base 2.0-liter i and top-line 2.5-liter s configurations, each divided into several variants. Sedans in ascending order were: i SV, i Sport, i Touring, i Grand Touring, s Touring, and s Grand Touring. Hatchbacks didn’t come in the lowest-priced i SV trim, but otherwise mirrored the sedan offerings
Available features included a navigation system; vinyl “leatherette” and genuine leather upholstery; Bluetooth connectivity with support for Aha audio streaming and SMS text messages; adaptive cruise control; and a Bose-brand audio system.
The optional Technology Package for s Grand Touring models included Mazda’s “Intelligent Energy Loop” (i-ELOOP) system, which used capacitors to power the car’s electrical systems. The capacitors store energy, which was generated when the car decelerates and brakes. It was designed to provide a fuel economy boost by reducing drag generated by the alternator.
Like the CX-5, the 2014 Mazda 3 offered buyers the choice of two engines. Mazda 3 i models used a 155-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The s variants had a 184-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder mill. The 2.0-liter engine came with a standard 6-speed manual transmission; a 6-speed automatic was optional. Mazda only offered the s model with the 6-speed automatic.
EPA fuel-economy numbers for the Mazda 3 4-door sedan were 29 mpg city and 41 mpg highway for the 2.0-liter engine with manual transmission and 30/41 with the automatic. The 2.5-liter with automatic was rated at 28/39. Hatchbacks with the 2.0-liter engine were rated at 29/40 with manual transmission and 30/40 with the automatic. Hatchbacks with the 2.5-liter engine and automatic were rated at 27/37. The available i-ELOOP system increased the 2.5-liter hatchback’s ratings to 28/38.
In addition to the usual list of safety features, the 2014 Mazda 3 was available with blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning, and forward-collision alert. Also offered was Mazda’s “Smart City Brake Support” which used sensors and activated the brakes at speeds up to 19 mph to avoid or reduce the severity of an imminent collision.