2014 Mazda 3

Seems like Mazda is stepping up the game in an already "colorful" niche. We're talking about the hatchbacks, yes, where the Golf, Focus and the others battle for the best in it's class.

Following the Kobo design language with sleek body lines, the result is at least interesting and a huge leap from it's predecessor.

Key points in design resemblances points from Mazda6 and CX-5, like the 5 point front grille, an air shutter in the front which automatically closes for better aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. 

The Japanese automaker is moving in the right direction with the interior, high quality materials have been used and improved design. There's a new instrument cluster, satin chrome trim, piano black accents and more comfortable seats which can be upholstered in cloth, leatherette or leather. There's also a new infotainment system with Bluetooth/USB/AUX connectivity as well as the ability to access the internet via a smartphone. More notably, the Mazda3 has an Active Driving Display that shows important driving information - such as navigation directions - on a clear panel behind the instrument cluster surround.

For US Mazda3 will be offered with two different petrol engines. The 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G produces 155 bhp and 203 Nm of torque, while the 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G develops 184 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. Can be combined to a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic.

For improving fuel efficiency, the Mazda3 has i-ELOOP brake energy regenerationand a SKYACTIV-Body that uses high-strength steel for "significant weight savings." 

The Mazda3 will also be offered with a variety of new safety systems including High Beam Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward Obstruction Warning, Smart City Brake Support and Radar Cruise Control.