2014 Mazda Mazda3 Videos: Performance
Our 2014 Mazda Mazda3 performance video review highlights engine options and critic sentiment regarding driving dynamics such as acceleration, handling and braking.
2014 Mazda Mazda3 Video Transcript
Most auto writers agree that the 2014 Mazda 3 is one of the most fun to drive small cars you can buy. But some point out that how fast and powerful the Mazda 3 feels depends on the engine you choose. I am, Jim Sharifi, Senior Editor with US News Best Cars. In this video we will take a closer look at the Mazda 3's real-world performance.
Standard in the newly redesigned Mazda 3 is a 155 horse power, 2L, four-cylinder engine which can be equipped with either a six speed manual or automatic transmission. The Mazda 3 can return up to 29 miles per gallon in the city and 41 on the highway with the base engine. That's outstanding fuel economy for the class and comparable to the fuel sipping diesel Volkswagen golf.
However, there is a trade-off for that fuel economy. Reviewers say that the base engine has only adequate acceleration and power. Experts tend to be more impressed with the optional 184-hp, 2.5L, four-cylinder engine though some reviewers complaint that this engine is only available with an automatic transmission. Others like the automatics manual mode and paddle shifters and most agree that the automatic is smooth and responsive.
Performance is more than just going fast in a straight line and here too the Mazda 3 excels. Reviewers describe the handling is athletic and the breaks is powerful. Some reviewers say that the Mazda 3 can feel moderately bumpy over rough roads. However most see the bumps as a worthy compromise given the 2014 Mazda 3's agile handling, crisp steering, smooth shifting transmission and powerful breaks.
To learn more be sure to watch our videos on the Mazda 3's interior features and other important characteristics and consider competing cars like the Ford focus and Volkswagen Golf.Read more
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