Thanks to our comrades at Top Gear Russia, the trickling reveal of the Mazda3 sedan has begun. We saw the hatch in person in New York (and loved it), and we wanted to see if the trunked version could hold onto the same mojo. If you like the Mazda6, then you should like the Mazda3 because it takes just about everything from its toothsome big brother and shrinks it into a compact package.

Top Gear Russia was allowed to share photographs of the Mazda sedan they call "Treshka" (or they leaked them, depending on whom you talk to), but not their drive impressions. The site page says it will come in four trims for the Russian market - Drive, Active, Active+ and Supreme - and offer three engines. Our specifications will certainly differ. Other than that, all we have to go on are the looks, which some may argue are even better than the hatch thanks to a trunk line that provides more balance to that long hood up front.

The Mazda3 will go on sale later this year and US prices should be announced in September. For the time being, content yourself with the gallery of high-res images above.

Which 2014 Mazda3 looks best?
The five-door hatchback 6482 (53.8%)
The four-door sedan 3826 (31.8%)
I can't decide 1734 (14.4%)

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      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      hey, the leaked pic was authentic.
      Justin Shaw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gorgeous sedan. If priced right I see no reason why this wouldnt be a hit.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Shaw
        They are still in the market against the Corolla/Civic/Elantra,etc....they have to price it similar to the current car. A little increase is expected...but say....a fully topped up version of the sedan will be within range of the fully topped up versions of the rivals. I think.
      Mr Sled
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is beautiful. Mazda nailed it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree, the hatchback still my favorite. Mazda is the only japanese company who are on their minds when it comes to a cohesive a futuristic design, beautiful. License plate should be lower I think.
        • 2 Years Ago
        American plates are going to look bleh given they are more square than rectangular as shone in the pictures.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I might be the only one here at AB who does not like the Mazda 6, at least in person. It looks good in pictures but for some reason, those long sweeping arches over the front wheels look off to me. That is why I am excited to see the new 3 sedan in person. I think that design might look better on a smaller scale, much like Hyundai's design looks better on the smaller Elantra than the larger Sonata. But in either case, the new 3 looks 100% better than the outgoing 3.
        Free Time
        • 2 Years Ago
        You're not the only one, I completely agree with you. But the 3 looks great inside/outside. I'm just wondering why they didn't go with the floating display on the 6 interior, another gripe that I have with that car.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The buyers will decide who's right on this one. I normally prefer hatches, but the dimensions look pretty good on the sedan.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks good, not as great as the hatch, but still very good. It makes the new Lexus IS look almost cartoon-like and immature in comparison. Although, I still wouldn't mind driving an IS, if only it were offered with a manual like the Mazda3. Strange times in the automotive world.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only thing I hate is the severely sloping rear glass. There was no need to do that and curtail the hatch's utility in this manner. I can just imagine closing it on my dog's head, by accident.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I finally saw the similarly styled Mazda 6 on the street, and that car looks much better in person; probably the best of all the midsize cars in that category. The photos of the 3 look great.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The hatch looks better but need to see moar pics of the sedan to be sure.
      Andy Smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a truly great looking pair of cars.
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