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Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Mazda Mazda3 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Compact Cars category. Currently the Mazda Mazda3 has a score of 8.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 27 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2014 Mazda Mazda3 Review

Sharp handling and strong engines make the 2014 Mazda3 a joy to drive. It also has an upscale interior and excellent fuel economy.

Pros & Cons

  • Sporty handling
  • Great fuel economy
  • Upscale cabin
  • Easy-to-use tech features

 

  • Limited trunk space (sedan)

 

2014 Mazda Mazda3 Overview

Is the 2014 Mazda3 a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Mazda3, available as a hatchback or sedan, is tough to overlook. It earned our 2014 Best Hatchback for Families, 2014 Best Compact Car for Families, and 2014 Best Compact Car for the Money awards. Its sporty performance is complemented by comfortable front seats and good legroom in both rows. However, it's light on standard features.

A 155-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a manual six-speed transmission power the Mazda3. A six-speed automatic is available. A 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine is available and only comes with the automatic transmission. The base engine with manual transmission gets an EPA-estimated 29/39 mpg city/highway. That’s outstanding for the class. You’ll lose 1 mpg city/highway with the 184-horsepower engine. The Mazda3 has athletic handling, crisp steering, and powerful brakes.

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The Mazda3's cabin features upscale materials and its layout is practical. All seats are comfortable, and there’s enough room for adults in the rear. There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the outward rear seats, while the middle rear seat has only a tether anchor. Space might be tight for rear-facing car seats, but front-facing car seats shouldn’t be an issue.

Standard features include a four-speaker stereo, USB and auxiliary inputs, and push-button start. Available features include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a head-up display, a CD player, cruise control, keyless entry, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, and a moonroof. The Mazda3’s infotainment system is responsive and straightforward to use, and dash controls are driver-accessible.

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Used 2014 Mazda3 Prices

The price of a used 2014 Mazda3 ranges from about $11,500 for the base trim with a six-speed manual transmission to around $17,000 for the top Grand Touring trim. The price varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Mazda3?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2014 Mazda3 a reliability rating of three out of five. That’s about average for all vehicles.

How Safe Is the Mazda3?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2014 Mazda3 a Top Safety Pick+ with scores of Good, the highest possible, in all crash test categories. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Mazda3 an overall rating of five out of five stars, with perfect ratings in all but the rollover crash test, for which it earned four stars. Safety features in the base model include electronic stability and traction control systems. Upper trims offer features like a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Should I Consider Another Used Mazda3?

The 2014 Mazda3 is the first model year in the car’s third generation, which runs through 2017.  You’ll pay more for a used 2016 model, but gain a standard rearview camera, cruise control, and a touch-screen infotainment system.

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Which Used Mazda3 Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Mazda3 comes as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback and has six trims: the base i SV (sedan only), i Sport, s Touring, i Touring, i Grand Touring, and s Grand Touring. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is standard in all but the s Touring and s Grand Touring trims. The s Touring and s Grand Touring trims come with a 2.5-liter 184-horsepower engine, which is available with the i Touring and i Grand Touring trims. The s Touring trim is the best choice. It comes with the 184-horsepower engine, a six-speed automatic transmission with sport mode, paddle shifters, and an active driving display that projects driving information above the instrument cluster.

You might consider a certified pre-owned Mazda3. For each certified pre-owned vehicle, Mazda extends the original limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited vehicle warranty. To qualify as CPO, each vehicle must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mazda warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 27 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews aren’t based on our own tests and opinions. Rather, we collect and analyze a variety of data, including safety and reliability tests, fuel economy ratings, published automotive reviews, and total ownership costs. For this 2014 Mazda3 review, we analyzed 27 data points.

Why You Can Trust Us

The U.S. News Best Cars team has a combined 75 years of experience in the automotive industry, and we’ve been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for 10 years. We don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles advertising on our site.

2014 Mazda3 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Mazda3 or 2014 Honda Civic?

For the class, the 2014 Honda Civic has lots of standard features, including a rearview camera and Bluetooth (neither is standard in the base Mazda3 sedan). The Mazda3 has a more powerful 2.0-liter engine and sportier handling, but the Civic is more reliable. Buy the Mazda3 for dynamic driving; buy the Civic for features and reliability.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mazda3 or 2014 Chevrolet Cruze?

The base 2014 Chevrolet Cruze has a weak four-cylinder gas engine and much lower fuel economy than the Mazda3. The Cruze has an available four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that delivers significantly higher highway fuel economy than the Mazda3. The Mazda’s the better choice between the two base models.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mazda3 or 2014 Volkswagen GTI?

The 2014 VW GTI hatchback compares well with the Mazda3. The Volkswagen has a more powerful base engine than the Mazda3: a turbo four-cylinder that makes 200 horsepower. Inside, the Mazda3 has about an inch more front legroom, but both cars have generous cargo areas. Your choice comes down to how “hot” you want your hatchback to be. The GTI’s a lot more fun to drive; it’s also several thousand dollars more expensive and has slightly lower reliability scores.

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