When we saw the 2014 Mazda3 in the sheetmetal some weeks back in New York City, we were impressed by its style and technology. Now, as Mazda reveals more about its latest compact sedan and hatchback, we’re learning more about what all it has to offer. And to say that we’re excited to be driving the car soon would be quite an understatement.
Starting at $17,440, including $795 for destination and handling (Note: D&H is $840 in Alaska), the 2014 Mazda3 boasts boasts plenty of features, even in base form. In standard Mazda3 i sedan form with a six-speed manual transmission, the car uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 155 horsepower on tap and nets a 29 mpg city/41 mpg highway fuel economy rating with the row-it-yourself transmission. The six-speed automatic version, available for $1,050 more, tops that with 30 mpg city/41 mpg highway.
In base Mazda3 i SV sedan form, it comes with standard push-button start, automatic power door locks, a remote keyless entry system, daytime running lights, and a USB port for plugging in your phone or MP3 player. Other features include 16-inch steel wheels, dual power-folding mirrors, power windows, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning, cloth seats, and a four-speaker audio system.
Next up, the Mazda3 i Sport comes in both sedan and hatchback varieties, with a slightly less impressive 29 mpg city/40 mpg highway rating with the manual transmission or 30 mpg/40 mpg with the automatic. It adds steering wheel controls, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth, cruise control, a trip computer, CV player, map lights, and tachometer. It starts at $19,240 for the sedan and $19,740 for the hatchback. The auto transmission will put you over 20 grand with either, but we’re thinking this is the one to get, whether or not the customer opts for an even higher equipment level.
The 2014 Mazda3 i Touring is next in the hierarchy with 16-inch aluminum wheels, heated outside mirrors, a rear seat folding armrest with two cupholders, keyless entry and remote start, sport seats and a leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. It starts at $20,390 for the sedan and $20,890 for the hatchback. A $1,600 Touring Technology package throws in a seven-inch monitor, navigation, rearview camera, nine-speaker Bose audio system, and dual-zone climate control, among other features.
Last up in line for the 2.0-liter engine is the 2014 Mazda3 i Grand Touring, which features a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, leatherette seating surfaces, heated seats, and a sunroof. It starts at $23,540 for the sedan and $24,040 for the hatch.
Then, we get to the Mazda3 s Touring, which comes with a 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter engine that achieves 28 mpg city/39 mpg highway in sedan form or 28 mpg city/37 mpg highway as a hatchback. Mazda’s i-ELOOP mild hybrid system raises that to 29 mpg city/40 mpg highway and 29 mpg city/39 mpg highway, respectively. All models come with an automatic transmission for now.
The Mazda3 s Touring adds 18-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights, LED tail lights, LED daytime running lights, steering wheel-mounted paddles, and a power driver’s seat with leatherette seating surfaces. It comes in at $25,390 and $25,890, respectively.
With all of those features in addition to auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers, leather-trimmed seats, a power moonroof, the 2104 Mazda3 s Grand Touring comes in at the top of the heap. A $1,600 Technology package addds i-ELOOP, active grille shutters, high-beam control, lane-departure warning, and smart city brake support, which can slow the carat speeds under 20 mph to minimize the severity of an accident.
Expect to see the 2014 Mazda3 on dealer lots soon, and we’ll be reviewing it over the next couple weeks.