Thanks to the folks at Top Gear Russia, we got an early glimpse of the 2014 Mazda3 sedan. Now, Mazda has released more images of its sleek new four-door, and if you like what the Japanese automaker has done with the five-door hatchback, you won't find anything to complain about with the sedan.

Many would argue that the Mazda3 sedan looks like a scaled-down version of the new Mazda6, and in many cases, that's true. But there are subtle details about the Mazda3 that we really like, starting with the larger grille that makes for a slightly more aggressive front end. On the profile, we like how the strong arching character lines that flow over the front and rear wheel wells intersect in the middle of the car and then taper off. At the rear, a short decklid rounds off a very clean design with taillamps that are indeed reminiscent of the larger Mazda6.

We can't yet confirm powertrain details (or any other specifications, really), but we fully expect the same 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engines to carry over from the hatchback, as well as the six-speed automatic and manual transmissions.

We'll have more to say about the 2014 Mazda3 in the very near future, but for now, take a glance through the gallery above to see the new sedan from all angles. Be sure to check out or new gallery of hatchback photos below, too.


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      jason_golden
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've never been a Mazda fan. However, with the design direction brought to life via CX-5, Mazda6, and this gorgeous new Mazda3, I'm having a serious change of heart. Specifically, this new Mazda3 just looks so damn sexy, sporty, elegant. It's youthful, but not silly and immature. The cabin is restrained and the controls look perfectly simple, tidy. I look forward to test driving and auto and a manual version when available.
        drew
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jason_golden
        The drive has always been the real reason to love Mazda.
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      The first sedan/hatch compact car I can recall where I actually like the sedan's styling as much as the hatch. To the "it's a mini 6" claims, so what? The 6 is a real looker (best looking among its competitors IMO), and carrying over the family styling (which many automakers do) to the smaller 3 has helped give the 3 a great look that matches the competitive powertrain/build quality.
        jrmosery86
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        I can't wait for Mazda to redo the navigation screen in the 6 to look like this. Hopefully it's going to happen. That's my only real complaint about the 6, other than us not getting the wagon :(
      GoBolts
      • 1 Year Ago
      With all the cab forward styling that's all the rage now, I love the fact Mazda kept the long hood styling. Dare I say it's the BEST looking compact out of all the rest in the segment. Lots of class and less cartoonish (unlike the last generation). The interior looks great too, a lot of high quality details and everything well laid out. I'm betting it has the best fun factor, beating the prior perennial leader....Honda Civic. Can't wait for a detailed comparison review with the competition.
        Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GoBolts
        I don't recall the Civic being the "best fun factor" for quite some time?
          AP1_S2K
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brian
          hahahaa, that went out the door when they switched to MacPherson struts
        Howard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GoBolts
        nope, you're right. easily the best looking compact coming soon. the new civic redesign is hideous (too bad they didnt make it look like a mini accord), the new corolla redesign has even worst proportions than the civic. if i was in the market for a compact again, i would easily buy the new 3. wow. good job mazda, considering the current gen 3 is just too disney "cars"-esque
      S40Powered
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mazda3 should be win Car of the Year EVERYWHERE. What a pleasent surprise.
      PiCASSO
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like it... reminds me of the feeling I got when I saw the first generation 3. I had a 2004 Mazda 3 hatch back in the day... and would probably choose the sedan this time around.
        Lynchenstein
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PiCASSO
        I wonder what the difference in cargo capacity is between the sedan and hatch...no spec sheets have been released that I'm aware of.
          Snaisa
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lynchenstein
          I'm curious as well. My friend is shopping for a 3 sedan and I asked why not get the hatch, it's more practical. 1. It's cheaper by a few grand. 2. He doesn't see the utility
      Snaisa
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since Mazda is its own brand with no luxury line, with the top of the line grand touring trim, could the Mazda3 be a threat to the Acura ILX market? Not that I'm interested in the ILX, but I feel Mazda has the opportunity of producing upper scale vehicles within their own lineups.
        Yeah yeah
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Snaisa
        I don't know. Mazda's aren't known for their quietness or luxurious interiors. And those are the things that distinguish a luxury model from it's run of the mill competition.
          icemilkcoffee
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Yeah yeah
          Yes, but Honda-Acura is not particularly known for being quiet neither. Lexus it is not.
          Snaisa
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Yeah yeah
          Agreed. and Agreed with icemilkcoffee. Ignoring Lexus's most recent controversial design language. If Lexus had harnessed the design of the last generation IS into say.. BS (chuckles), it'd devour the ILX. But it would most definitely require adequate back row legroom as both my sister's and our brother in law's old IS lacked.
      TrueDat
      • 1 Year Ago
      i love this car.. i was sold on the Focus ST and planning to buy one next year, but now i'm not so sure...
        bchreng
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TrueDat
        A MS3 based on this model is pretty much guaranteed right?
        jason_golden
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TrueDat
        Yep...I'd wait to see and drive the 2014 Mazda3 before committing to any other cars in that class. I sincerely think it's going to be worth the wait.
        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TrueDat
        The ST is comparable to the MS3, and there isn't any 2014 MS3 just yet.
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TrueDat
        This won't hold a candle to the ST in terms of performance until the new Mazdaspeed version comes out (and I have no doubts that it will, the MS3 has been an extremely good seller for Mazda), so if your purchasing timeframe really is next year and performance is a big part of your criteria, the ST will be the only way to go for a while. I expect the new 3 to be very capable, as they always have been in the past, but comparing the non-Mazdaspeed 3 to the ST is taking a knife to a gun fight.
        bullitt2605
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TrueDat
        If you want something with real cornering/track capability take a serious look at the ST. Other than that they are both very nice.
      bonehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dang this is the first time that the sedan mazda 3 has looked better than the hatch. Seeing that sedan length makes me wish the Hatch also had that added length for more cargo room. Mazda3 wagon anyone? Compare the two http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2014-mazda3-hatch/#photo-6020474/ http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2014-mazda3-sedan/#photo-6020453/
        ack154
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bonehead
        This really isn't any different than the Impreza/WRX. The sedan of those is actually an inch or two longer than the hatch (which I've heard is part of the reason they use the hatch for rally now). Trust me though, my WRX hatch has plenty of cargo space, even without that extra inch or two.
      Matt Clare
      • 1 Year Ago
      They finally got it right! Nothing against the two previous generations, but looks weren't their strongest point.
        drew
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt Clare
        Personally, I think the first-gen 3 was always one of the best looking small cars on the road. It still looks good.
      brgtlm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love it - like the 6, the 3 sedan went from frumpy and ungainly to beautiful in one redesign. My wish for the hatchback was that the rear glass wasn't quite so sloped. Also - too bad the 3 sedan has goose neck hinges instead of gas struts - they would be better for cargo capacity and just overall premium-ness. Cost cutting.... Interior is very 3 Series inspired which isn't a bad thing considering that previous Mazda interiors have been functional and that's about it.
      AP1_S2K
      • 1 Year Ago
      if the 3 and 6, even the CX-5 look this good......what could a successor the the Rx-7/8 look like. Somebody please do a rendering!
        finzenchrome
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AP1_S2K
        Don't forget the MX-5. It seems like Kodo gets better with each subsequent iteration (CX-5, M6, now M3) such that I can't wait to see what the next Miata is going to look like. Oh, and the stablemate from Alfa Romeo, too, for that matter.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      The new pics of the hatchback show what the base model looks like without the big navigation screen. I was not expecting the small pop up radio on top. But I kind of like it. They also went with a full size speedo on the base car. Overall both the hatch and sedan look to be the best looking in this segment. Looking forward to a test drive.
        Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        Although... I feel like it may be weird to reach all the way up there to change the volume? (Yes, I know, steering-wheel-mounted controls... but for passenger?)
        Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        Good eye! I like it as well!
        Bryan Pizzuti
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        That's pretty slick. Looks very modular, probably reduces production costs. If the empty bin has a concealed wiring harness receptacle in the bottom I bet that would make swapping in the touchscreen unit plug and play. IF, mind you. But from a production standpoint it might be easier to just wire all of them.
        TrueDat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        kind of a neat idea, but I'm kind of with Brian.. it may not be the most ergonomically designed unit. seems far away
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