The 2014 Mazda 3 stands out from the small-car crowd, with its sport-car-influenced proportions and sporty driving experience. In 2014 the Mazda 3 was at the top of its class for fuel economy and style. The front seats are very comfortable and supportive, with lower cushions that are long enough for taller drivers; and the nice, contrasting perforated-leather upholstery felt luxury-caliber.
The Mazda 3, was officially named the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ model for 2014. Each body style is fitted with six airbags: front and side bags for each front-seat passenger, and side-curtain bags stretching the full length of the cabin. It has anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control, a tire-pressure monitoring system, and other standard safety fittings. Mazdas new electronic safety system includes adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot monitoring system, lane-departure warning alert, and headlights that switch automatically between low and high beams. There’s also a forward-obstruction warning system, which alerts drivers if the car is closing too quickly on an obstacle directly ahead.
When received the Mazda was put through our shop and underwent our rigorous safety inspection. We did an oil change and replaced the filter and windshield wipers. The brakes are all at 60% and the tires are all 6/32nds.