2014 Mazda3 Skyactiv drive impressions
The Mazda3 is one of those great all-purpose everyday kind of compacts, that continues to improve and excite. A welcome facelift comes with the 2014 Mazda3 Skyactiv breathing new life back into this sporty 5-door hatch, but the 5spd won’t be found on well this well equipped Grand Touring model. The 2.5L power plant provides ample torque while being surprisingly easy on gas – don’t baby this hatch if you want to maximize that fuel economy. That’s right, you can just drive it and have fun with it without hemorrhaging fuel. With a host of safety features help keep you on the road when you want to have fun. Standard safety equipment includes dynamic stability control, traction control, hill launch assist, ABS with brake assist, and a stiffer safer Skyactiv body ring structure.
Inside and out, this is a good-looking ride from its 18in rims to a classic black and tan themed interior. The perforated heated front seats keep you comfortable with just enough bolstering to keep you in place without crushing more average size people. Highlights include adaptive front lighting, rain sensing wipers, rear view camera, and a heads-up display that isn’t foiled by polarized sunglasses. The updated infotainment with 7″ touch display and rotary dial is a pleasure to meet. It provides a combination of input methods allowing the driver to find what works best for them.
No major complaints were found on this Mazda3 and the rear seating was no smaller than expected. The 4 doors of the sedan and hatch make claiming in and out less difficult though the tall are still unlikely to fit comfortably. The only real complaint, as with many new cars, is the lack of a manual transmission on upper trim models. If you want the comfort features you end up giving up the arguably more fun stick shift.