Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Mazda3 i Touring

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Mazda3 i Touring

It's Cheaper, But is it still Good?

When we named the Mazda3 the AutoGuide.com Car of the Year, its flexibility helped eke out the win.

There are two body styles (hatch or sedan) available with two engines each (a 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter). You can have a fully loaded hatchback model that stickers at $32,390, or you can opt for a basic sedan for $17,740.

We recently had the chance to pilot one of those affordable sedan models, the Mazda3 i Touring that costs just $20,390. Equipped with just the bare necessities, we set out to see if the Hiroshima-based automaker has made a car that is recommendable at any price point. Here’s what we learned: