When the Mazda 3 made its debut on the market 10 years ago, its impressive driveability quickly won the heart of Canada buyers. Two generations later, Mazda does it again with the 2014 Mazda 3, the latest iteration of the popular compact car.
The question was whether it would still be as fun to drive as the models it replaces.
Simply, the answer is yes. The 2014 Mazda 3 lost none of its charm and of its dynamic and sporty personality. It is also much more fuel efficient than its predecessors because of the adoption of the SKYACTIV technology throughout the Mazda 3 range. Already seen on the Mazda 3 SKY last year, SKYACTIV is now part of the basic package of the new Mazda 3, and nobody will complain.
SKYACTIV is at its core a very simple technology, which should appeal to many buyers. In fact, Mazda engineers have simply revisited the main components of a car that affect performance and economy, such as engine, transmission and chassis. They then made sure that these elements perform efficiently and optimally, while reducing weight and internal friction of moving mechanical components.
In simple terms, the Mazda 3 is powered by conventional internal combustion engines that send their power to the front wheels through manual and automatic transmissions, also traditional, but the entire operation of these elements has been optimized to the maximum.
This results in improved performance and reduced fuel consumption. Two SKYACTIV engines are offered on the 2014 Mazda 3. The GX and GS models are powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine developing 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. This power far exceeds the engines of the rivals of the Mazda 3, but the average fuel consumption amounts to 6.7 liters per 100 kilometers in the city and 4.7 liters per 100 kilometers on the highway with the 6-speed automatic transmission. A 6-speed automatic transmission with manual mode is also available.
The 2014 Mazda 3 GT comes with a more powerful four-cylinder 2.5-liter engine offering 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. Only available with the 6-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel, this engine is obviously more spirited while being almost as economical as the 2.0-liter engine. Indeed, it has an average fuel consumption of 7.0 liters per 100 kilometers in the city and 5.1 liters per 100 kilometers on the highway.
On the road, the 2014 Mazda 3 is solid with a steering both light and precise that allows to really have fun at the wheel. It is also more comfortable and quieter than the model it replaces, which translates into a more enjoyable daily driving experience.
Available from $ 15,995, the 2014 Mazda 3 has just been named the best car of its class by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. Come try it today at Performance Mazda!