Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Mazda3 i Touring

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Mazda3 i Touring

5: The real deal

While 2.5-liter equipped models are arguably the benchmark in the compact car segment, Mazda’s less powerful models still feature amazing value in a fun-to-drive package. It’s hard not to recommend the Mazda3 to anyone who is considering a Corolla or Civic, as the new 3 can really hang with the top-dogs in its price-point.

For example, the similarly equipped Honda Civic EX can only be had with a CVT and costs $1,490 more than the Mazda and while the Toyota Corolla LE is $880 cheaper, it features a less powerful engine and none of the fun-to-drive elements of the Mazda3.

It’s clear that Mazda’s latest compact is a winner no matter how you take it.

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  • 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?