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2014 Compact Car Comparison Test.
No. 1 Position: 2014 Mazda3

Bread-and-butter cars -- or gateway cars – are the first steps into a brand. They are typically the bestselling nameplates for a given manufacturer, and thus serve a number of purposes. In some cases, cars like the Corolla define the value and identity of a brand in a given market. Toyota, in Canada and around the world, owes much of their success to the C-segment car. The same goes for the Mazda3: this sporty, small car has given Mazda wings the last decade. Such is their importance in Canada, and the fact that they are both new for 2014, we pitted the two against each other last year, and although the results were concrete, we’d only begun to scratch the surface of the segment.

As these cars are often purchased as a burgeoning family car, we thought it wise to put together a parallel user-friendliness comparison test that covers all the important aspects such as will a “normal” adult fit in the 2nd row when two child seats are installed, and how accessible is the trunk? And here we have it folks: The 2014 Mazda3 is our No. 1 compact car according to this compare test, the winner of the head-to-head with the Corolla, and the recipient of our 2014 Auto123.com Compact Car of the Year award. Truly, this new Mazda3 is nothing short of brilliant. Mazda’s been very hard at work on its design language, its powertrain technology, as well as the HMI (Human Machine Interface) experience for passengers. The Mazda3 is picking up trophies and accolades everywhere it goes and believe us, they are all warranted. What Mazda has managed to do with their hit small car is leave no stone unturned: In other words, with the least amount of compromises. Well done Mazda. You have achieved your goal.

Inside and Out of the 2014 Mazda3

The class continues onboard where Mazda has also put much effort into making their superstar both attractive and userfriendly.

The dashboard’s layout is smart, and styled to today’s demanding consumer tastes. Craftsmanship is beyond good and matches and surpasses what the Germans have made us accustomed to. In perfect harmony with its surroundings, the seats provide comfort and support all-around and the driving position is excellent.

Driving the 2014 Mazda3

And driving we did. Each and every one of us found something to rave about the moment we’d step out of the 3 between car swaps. SkyActiv might as well be synonymous with “win” when it comes to powertrain efficiency, performance, and responsiveness. The 6-speed autobox and 4-pot function as one like few others we’ve ever experienced in this segment. Throttle tip-in is met with immediate engine revs and a kickdown from the ‘box and off the car goes. Don’t be thinking this is at the expense of fuel economy as the 2014 3 turns out to be the most frugal of the test. From there, the chassis makes short work of any and all road surface conditions.

What we’ve got here is a great car that drives as well as it serves the family.

Mazda's General Awards and Achievements

The results are in and four vehicles from Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) earned segment distinctions in the Edmunds.com Top Rated Vehicle Awards. The sedans that earned an Edmunds.com Top Rated Award included the 2014 Mazda3 compact car and 2014 Mazda6 mid-size sedan; the SUVs that earned an Edmunds.com Top Rated Award included the 2014 CX-5 compact SUV and 2014 CX-9 mid-size SUV; and Mazda3, appearing twice, was named an Edmunds.com Top Rated Vehicle in the hatchback segment.

"At Mazda, we strive to make every vehicle we build – from design and R&D to final production and delivery – an awardwinning experience for customers," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. "We are honored to be highly regarded by the team at Edmunds.com and to receive accolades across multiple vehicle segments."


The Edmunds Testing Team evaluates about 200 cars each year. Each vehicle is driven on a standardized road-test loop and visits a test track for additional instrument testing in controlled conditions. The findings are used to develop ratings to grade how a vehicle stacks up against direct rivals in its size and price class. Vehicles that earn an "A" rating receive an Edmunds.com Top Rated Award. Additionally, the Mazda3 was named a 2014 Most Popular on Edmunds.com Compact Car and the CX-9 earned a 2014 Most Popular on Edmunds.com Large Crossover SUV award. In its inaugural year, the 2014 Most Popular on Edmunds.com Awards were determined by finding the three models in each of 23 vehicle segments with the highest total monthly car-shopper consideration in calendar year 2013. "Consideration" means the number of unique visitors during a calendar month to the research and inventory pages on Edmunds.com's desktop site for each model. A full list of the Most Popular on Edmunds.com Awards can be found at http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/best-cars.html.

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