The All-New 2014 Mazda 3
The Mazda 3 has won many hearts in Australia since first appearing in 2004, and has since been Australia’s number one best selling individual model in 2011 and 2012 with only marginally missing out last year as production was winding down in advance for the new model launch. The 2014 Mazda 3 has been completely redesigned, with refined styling, more features, and higher fuel efficiency, making this an even more popular pick than before.
The new Mazda 3 is on sale now and is offered in both sedan and hatchback variants. Entry-level Neo, as well as Maxx and Touring grades are powered by Mazda’s 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine, while SP25, SP25GT and range-topping SP25 Astina score the more powerful 2.5-litre powerplant. All Mazda 3 models are available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new Mazda 3 is the third Mazda model to feature the full range of the company’s ground breaking ‘Skyactiv’ technology. As well as the new looks, Mazda engineers have worked hard to deliver a even sharper driving dynamic (that Skyactiv chassis features reduced weight, sharper next generation electric power steering and Mazda-first 780MPa high tensile steel for suspension arms), plus significantly enhanced infotainment with updatable software and more safety in the form of blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, smart brake support and smart city brake support.
Mazda has really stepped up with the Mazda 3 interior. The new head-up display has its own small screen on the top of the instrument binnacle with the infotainment/satellite navigation screen sitting centre dashboard (both ergonomically designed for easy reading).Mazda says its ‘MZD Connect’ system is a clean-sheet design addressing its driver to overcome visual, cognitive and manual distractions in its use. For example you’ll find no radio station information around the vital gauges.
When it comes to rear seat space, Mazda reckons the all-new Mazda 3 is best-in-class with 909mm of leg-room and seatbacks which are 50mm taller. All-new Mazda3 also offers impressive head-room for those in the back. Luggage space too is more than reasonable – 408-litres for the sedan and 308-litres for the hatchback.
Stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD, brake assist and six airbags are standard on all new Mazda 3 models. A frontal collision-detection system, low-speed auto brake feature, rear cross traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring are optional on all models except the SP25 Astina (which gets them as standard).The Astina also gains lane departure warning, auto high-beam and a more capable auto brake system than can operate at speeds up to 145km/h.
There is no doubt that the all new Mazda 3 is the best of the mainstream small cars. The 2014 Mazda 3 is a standout, in terms of styling and design, and its long hood and ‘cab-back’ design really cast it in a different light compared to most other compact cars. The combination of the aggressive front grile, crisp edges, and gentle curves, and hunkered-back cabin altogether makes the car look taut and sports-car influenced.
For your convince our Mazda dealerships are located just over 1 hour north of Sydney and over 1 hour south of Newcastle.