Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Mazda3 i Touring

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Mazda3 i Touring

2. Cheap models look very much like their expensive siblings

Not only will you find the Mazda3 easy on your wallet, but it’s easy on the eyes too. An affordable Mazda3 is a pretty one as our Touring model featured 16-inch alloys, a decklid spoiler and power mirrors with integrated turn signals. That’s all in addition to the modern and sleek styling that the Mazda3 comes with by default.

The story is similar inside, as the cabin is both well designed and comfortable. The sporty cloth seats are supportive and comfortable and may just be better suited for long trips than the firm leather and leathette trimmed seats found in more expensive models.

Are the visual trinkets found in the more expensive models worth it? Look at the model and see if you even notice the LED accents, shark fin antenna and 18-inch wheels that are found on the more expensive models. It’s up to you to decide what’s sexier: saving money or having LEDs.

  • Shiratori90

    “While not all drivers out there know how to pilot a car with a
    stick-shift, the Mazda3 has to be one of the easiest to approach for
    newbies thanks to its effortless engagement and clearly defined gates.”

    Love how they make the assumption that people who don’t drive stick shift cars just don’t know how to drive one. Maybe, just maybe, a large number of people don’t drive stick shifts because they have no desire to drive one.

    Idiots……..

  • Non-idiot

    Not sure how you got that from that sentence.

    They clearly said – there are people who don’t know how to use a stick-shift. For those newbies Mazda3 is one of the easiest cars to learn how to…

    They haven’t mentioned non-newbies like (probably) you, who know how to drive stick-shifts, but still choose to drive automatics, at all.

    I guess in between the lines you are somehow seeing some personal trauma that happened in your life, which pushes you to radiate hatred and insults to people over the internet? Maybe friends are teasing you for driving an automatic and you think you’re not cool enough or something? It’s all going to pass, don’t worry. You’ll grow up one day and realize how silly you were for being worried about such non-important things.

    All the best.

  • caladan59

    LOL. Thanks for my laugh of the day.

  • caladan59

    I haven’t seen it mentioned in any review I’ve read on the Mazda3 about the placement of the center radio/navigation pod on top of the dashboard. It’s kind of odd looking in that it sticks up from the dash making it look like an aftermarket add-on. (And the new 2 will also have this odd ball looking set-up.) I realize it’s meant to be higher for ease of visibility for the driver but I think Mazda could have integrated it into the dash a little better. A good friend loved the 3 but ended up not buying it because he’d have to look at that thing every day.

  • Jacquie

    Mind explaining where the “assumption” is in the quoted text? I read that to say the Mazda3 would be a good option for someone learning to drive stick.

  • Shiratori90

    Except for the fact that, when it comes to my car and what kind of transmission is in it, I don’t really give two s**ts about what other people think. Ultimately, your detailed description of my supposed “trauma” suggests that YOU are the one with the screwed up life and past. Maybe you should consider seeing someone?

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