First of all, this Grand Touring model examined here is a five-door hatchback, widening the sedan’s 12. 4-cubic-foot trunk to 20. 2 cubes and also stretching the basic price tag $2000. A different $6600 goes towards the leading Mazda 3 s Grand Touring trim levels, including a good amount of high end amenities: rain-sensing wipers, the sunroof, heated leather car seats, keyless entry along with starting, a head-up display, a rearview camera, a Bose surround-sound system, in addition to among the best (i. on the. most intuitive) infotainment monitors within the business, controlled by whether knob or by way of touch screen. Permitting nav in this levels prices solely $125, but that car in addition got this $1750 Appearance package, composing of a good front air dam, rear bumper skirt, hatch spoiler, and side-sill extensions.
However that is all blow, isn’t that? (Hint: Sure. ) This Mazda 3’s 2 comparison-test wins and 2014 10Best ranking are not as a result of add-ons, they are because real dynamic goodness. Along with that’s in which this example actually gets its hold. This “s” from the model name of our test car denotes this 184-horses, 185 lb-ft 4-cylinder, that’s combined with 18-inch wheels wrapped with 215/45 Dunlops. That 2. 5-liter signifies the 29-horse-power obtain over the basic 2. 0-liter. This torque push-from a hundred and fifty lb-ft, or even twenty three percent-is eyesight opening. This can be a quite burly engine, and also the 6-speed manual is a wonderful pairing, along with short, thoroughly clean operation and also a light nevertheless progressive clutch.
A powertrain is actually such a love that one editor recommended the proper competitor for that 3 just isn’t a Volkswagen Golf, though the 210-horse turbocharged GTI. Maybe not in primary performance figures-the Mazda’s 7. 3-second 0-to-sixty-mph time lags far behind this GTI’s simply by 1. 5 seconds-but there is a likeness in how in which both equally cars enjoy a ubiquitous sense of high quality along with passion. Plus the GTI all of us analyzed cloy a almost the same sticker price. In spite of how that Mazda 3 goads the car owner, we all constantly was able any 29-mpg average, spot on the EPA-combined rating.