10. No More Ford
For decades Mazda and Ford were more than just friends with benefits, they were practically a common-law couple. The two companies shared engines, platforms and even manufacturing plants. But in recent years the two automakers have quietly gone their separate ways. As a result of this shift, the 2014 Mazda3 is 100 percent Mazda. No Ford parts are used in the car. Today’s model rides atop the Blue Oval’s global C1 architecture but the 2014 version uses the company’s “SkyActiv” platform, much of which is shared with the CX-5 crossover and the Mazda6 sedan. The new 3 is Zoom-Zoom to the bone.