6. Is Bigger Better?
Like most every vehicle that receives a ground-up redesign the 2014 Mazda3 has grown bigger. Its wheelbase has been stretched 2.4 inches bringing the total span to 106.3. However, the hatchback’s overall length has gone down a bit. Checking the tape measure it’s been truncated 1.8 inches compared to today’s version.
It’s also slightly shorter, losing 0.6 inches of height. But the car has an additional 1.6 inches of extra girth so interior room doesn’t suffer. There are nearly 36 inches of maximum legroom in the back seat and the rear cushion has been elevated 2 inches for greater comfort. Not surprisingly front and rear shoulder-room has been increased.