2014 Mazda Mazda3

Why the Mazda3 was named to Automobile’s All-Star list for 2014

Why did Automobile include the Mazda3 on a list of cars like The Audi RS-7, BMW 4-Series, Jaguar F-Type, and Porsche Cayman? Because it deserves it.

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.


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Nice car and it does drive great....BUT no standard shift available with the 2.5 mean, in my case, no sale.
Excellent point. Makes one wonder if the folks at Mazda had trouble moving the stick shifts they made through 2013. Not sure of the take rate of the stick in this car, but in the CX-5 it is under 3%. Granted that is not a small sporty car. There is always the MazdaSpeed3...
I have 5000 miles on my 2014 S Touring sedan and love it. The car has been better than expected in every area. I trade an '06 Mazda 3 (manual). I don't mind the paddle shifters. This car feels a lot like my old Audi A4.
Thanks Jack. I find it very interesting that you compare the Mazda3 to an Audi. I just wrote a story yesterday about the 3 earning a spot on Ward's 10 Best Interiors list and they said exactly the same thing. Looking at the interior I see it too.
For what it's worth, I've had my 2015 Mazda 3S GT hstch for about five months and I love it! So much standard equipment and class-leading style for a price that the other brands couldn't beat. It's quick, it's comfortable, and it always gets compliments. And if that wasn't enough, it gets 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. Hard not to love all of that.