2014 Mazda 3 Tours Efficiently Around Town

2014 Mazda 3 TouringMazda’s 2014 3 Grand Touring Hatchback proves that economical, fuel-efficient cars don’t have to be dull to look at or to drive. I truly just loved this car that it was hard to let go after test driving it for a week. From the sleek exterior to the posh detailed interior, this car is perfect for the modern mom!2014 Mazda 3 Touring Front2014 Mazda 3 uses the Skyactiv technology, which provides smooth acceleration. What I loved about driving the Mazda 3 hatchback is how much it feels like a serious sport sedan. Just press the Sport button for a more aggressive throttle setting and a delayed shifts for the automatic transmission. 2014 Mazda 3 Touring Back2014 Mazda 3 feels premium from the front seats forward, with materials that are major step forward for Mazda. I loved the attention to detailed on the stitch that was done with red thread and color-blocked seats with a chocolate and cream.  Another thing I really like in the Mazda 3 is how the brand hasn’t skimped on sound systems and connectivity. The Command Controller is took me some time to get used to using, with the center-console volume knob of Audi’s MMI. You can tab left and right between menu screens, and twist and click to make selections. 2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring that I test drove included what Mazda terms the Active Driving Display—essentially a heads-up display that uses a little flip-up display screen atop the dash. It’s weird, but it’s effective in keeping your eyes on the road.

The Grand Touring I had for a week, averaging more than 28 mpg over 200 miles of driving. After driving experiences with a couple different Mazda 3 models, representing nearly three hundred miles of driving, altogether, I can say that the all-new 2014 Mazda 3 might be more athletic, more fun to drive, more efficient, and more charming in many respects. To me who love to drive, this a no-brainer.

Model: 2014 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring hatchback.
Engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, direct gasoline injection.
Transmission: Six-speed automatic.
EPA city/highway/combined fuel consumption: 28/38/32 mpg.
Base price, including destination charge: $26,495.
Price as tested: $29,185.

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