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2014 Mazda3

Almost by definition, affordable compact cars aren't supposed to be fun. Sure, hot hatches get our blood pumping, but not long ago, the terms "compact car" and "economy car" could safely be used interchangeably. A key exception for the last decade has been the Mazda3, a car that has consistently delivered more dynamic thrills and tactile feedback than its contemporaries. Competitors have picked up their game significantly in recent years, however, leaving the Mazda3 wanting in several areas, including overall refinement, in-car technology and cabin appointments, so Mazda went back to the... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
2.0L I4
Power:
155 HP / 150 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
Base Price:
$18,945
As-Tested Price:
$24,635
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    Video: Watch a high-speed chase from a motorcycle-mounted officer's point of view
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    Spy Shots: 2015 Mazda3 shows its shape
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    Official: Mazda3, CX-5 earn IIHS Top Safety Picks
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    Mazda technologies like SkyActiv-Body and SkyActiv-Chassis, plus ultra-high-tensile steel, six airbags, "crusable" brake and accelerator pedal assembly and collapsible steering column have helped the 2013 Mazda3 and 2014 Mazda CX-5 win Top Safety Pick laurels from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It's the second year in a row for the ...

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    Official: Mazda's new Mexican plant capacity rises to 230,000
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    The next-generation Mazda3 is expected next year, but aside from renderings and our own imagination about a compact economy car sporting Mazda's new Kodo design language, we really have no clue what this design will actually look like. Auto Express has gotten a hold of some shots it believes are official digital images from Mazda that could be a very good ...

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    Report: 2014 Mazda3 to shed hundreds of pounds; diesel, Mazdaspeed variants possible
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    Review: 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #267
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    Official: Ward's releases annual 10 Best Engines list
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    Video: Mazda driver fights crazy claw tow truck
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    Mazda's core attribute is "real-world" fuel efficiency with zoom-zoom
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    2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
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    The fuel-efficient technology inside the new 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv is something we know a little something about. By shunning expensive electric additions to the powertrain (for now), Mazda expects to be able to compete with its competitors on both fuel economy and price. With some driving flair thrown in. To find out if this car can hold its own when you ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv
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    Official: 2012 Mazda3 priced from $18,450* with Skyactiv
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    Mazda launches SkyActiv-equipped Axela (Mazda3) in Japan
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    According to Reuters, Mazda is preparing to announce a recall that could affect any Mazda3 built between January 2008 and July 2010. The recall has been issued because of an electronic glitch keeps the windshield wipers from working properly. So far no accidents have been reported that relate to this defect. Approximately 494,500 cars fall under the ...

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