2014 Mazda Mazda3 Videos
Our 2014 Mazda Mazda3 video reviews give you a quick snapshot of what's new, a summary of basic specs and a high level view of what professional car reviewers think.
2014 Mazda Mazda3 Video Transcript
The award-winning 2014 Mazda 3 has sporty handling, a powerful optional engine and a well-made cabin according to most professional car reviewers. For these reasons and more we named it our 2014 best compact car for the money, as well as our best compact car and best hatchback for families. I am Jim Sharifi, Senior Editor with US News Best Cars. How did the 2014 Mazda 3 win all those awards? Let's find out!
The five seat Mazda 3 is all new for 2014, it comes as either a sedan or a hatchback. With its base engine, the Mazda 3 is rated at an EPA estimated 29 miles per gallon in the city and 41 miles per gallon on the highway, which is excellent fuel economy for the class. The Mazda 3 is only available with front wheel drive and comes in six available trim levels. Starting at just under $17,000 the Mazda 3's base price is about average for the class. The base Mazda 3 has a 2L, four-cylinder engine that generates a 155 horse power.
Most reviewers agree that the base engine is fine for around town driving, but prefer the extra power from the optional 184-hp engine. The standard six speed manual transmission and the optional six speed automatic get good reviews, but most test drivers say that the Mazda 3's athletic handling is what makes it stand out from the class.
Auto-writers who have reviewed the Mazda 3 mostly agree that its cabin is sleek and upscale, with a design that wouldn't look out of place in a more expensive car. Reviewers say that the front seats are comfortable and have plenty of space, but like most cars in the class, the backseats can get a little tight on the other hand the available tech features in the Mazda 3 earned praise from reviewers for being straight forward and easy to use.
The 2014 Mazda 3 also has an optional safety features that are rare for the class, like blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and automatic braking. Its strong crash test scores help the Mazda 3 earn the top safety pick plus designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Most automotive writers agree that the 2014 Mazda 3 is one of the best cars in the compact class. To learn more, check out our videos on its interior features and performance and consider competing cars like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.Read more
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