Why the Mazda3 was named to Automobile’s All-Star list for 2014
If you have not driven a 2014 Mazda3, or any of the other modern Mazda vehicles it has developed on its own, like the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda6, this may be hard to explain. None of these cars are the fastest in their category. None are the most pure sports car for the dollar (Miata aside). Yet, car magazines and car nuts always come back to Mazda when they start picking cars that are “All-Stars.” Why is this? The main reason is that they are a joy to drive.
Drive a 2014 Mazda3 and you will understand. Our suggestion is to drive the 2.5 liter SKYACTIVE engine version first. It makes a class competitive 184 horsepower and almost exactly that number in ft-lbs of torque. In a car this size, engineered this well, that is all you really need for on-road use. You can certainly pay more, and Mazda has a version of the 3 that has waaaay more power called the MazdaSpeed3, but that is a different animal. This is a car that combines a great price, top-tier fuel economy (39 highway in the sedan version), lots of room for the class, and a driving experience that is hard to beat at its base price of around $25,000.