2014 Mazda3 Sedan Tested

Having a happy family certainly doesn’t come easy, but this is exactly what Mazda seems to have achieved. We’ve come to this conclusion during our Mazda3 Sedan test drive, as the compact saloon offered the same pleasing sensation we found with the Mazda6 and CX-5.
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On many occasions, compact dimensions bring a rather unpleasant set of limitations. In other words, the car somehow feels cheap. For instance, we had this sensation when we drove the Toyota Corolla. Well, the Mazda3 Sedan is far from this.

It all starts with the emotional design. The simple fact that the opinions are split when it comes to deciding which of the Sedan and the Hatchback are prettier, shows that they’ve pulled a nice trick with this boot-gifted model.

As for what’s on the inside, anybody who’s seen a CX-5 or a Mazda6 cabin will be familiar with the layout. Just like in the case of the exterior, there’s a slight sporty aroma here.

We started our drive in a test car that was surprisingly shy, coming with the entry-level equipment grade. Even so, the list of amenities was decent, including features such as Smart City Braking and a dual-zone climate control system.

And despite the fact that you may not thing the car is spacious when you enter it, the Mazda3 proved to be decent as far as this chapter in concerned. In fact, the Japanese model is situated somewhere in the middle of the segment when it comes to passenger and luggage space. For those in love with numbers, we’ll tell you the later can swallow 420 liters of your stuff.

At the other end of the car we find Mazda’s SkyActive powerplants. We have already discussed the diesel side of this deal in our Mazda6 test drive and as for the petrol affair, things are rather unusual.

The engineers at Mazda said a polite but firm “no” to downsizing, at least in the acceptance adopted by most of the industry. For one thing, there’s no turbocharger to be found within the range.

Instead, they closely worked on the aspects that influence the efficiency, such as the compression ration and injection technology. The result is interesting to say the least. The efficiency is kept well in check, while the feel treats one with the natural aspiration linear power delivery, a feat that has become so rare these days.

We shall work our way through the six gears of the manual transmission in our Mazda3 Sedan test drive and we’re inviting you to come along for the ride.
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