There’s a lot going on with the brand-new 2014 Mazda Mazda3, but one of the more sales-friendly moves is this: The five-door hatchback version of Mazda’s long-time bestseller will be available this fall for as low as $18,945, and that’s a price reduction of $1,055 (5.3 percent) as compared to the least expensive 2013 Mazda3 hatchback. Now, it’s true that, overall, the price of admission to the 2014 Mazda Mazda3 lineup will increase by a bit, rising $245 to $16,945 in the sedan, but there’s at least that much value added in as well.
In fact, some would say the car’s new KODO “Soul of Motion” design language alone is worth that price premium for the 2014 Mazda Mazda3. The distinctive, flowing look is a nice complement for the KODO-fied 2014 Mazda Mazda6, yet it’s also just the most obvious of the extensive changes to the vehicle. The short story here is that the entire Mazda3 roster gets the full SKYACTIV treatment for improved driving dynamics, more power and better fuel efficiency performance.
Here’s the new tale of the tape for the entry-level powertrains in the 2014 Mazda Mazda3 entries, featuring a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder gas engine mated to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission, with increases over 2013 levels in parentheses:
2014 Mazda3 Sedan, automatic: 30 mpg city (+2)/41 mpg highway (+1)
2014 Mazda3 Sedan, manual: 29 mpg (+2)/41 mpg (+2)
2014 Mazda3 5-Door, automatic: 30 mpg (+2)/40 mpg (+1)
2014 Mazda3 5-Door, manual: 29 mpg (+2)/40 mpg (+2)
At the same time, engineers also managed to squeeze an additional 2 lb.-ft. of torque from the engine, for a new total of 150, while its 155 hp remain unchanged. The numbers for the 2014 Mazda Mazda3 with its up-level engine, however, have changed pretty drastically. Thanks to its new SKYACTIV 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine—which replaces a traditional 4-cylinder engine of the same displacement—drivers will be able to tap into 184 hp and 185 lb.-ft. of twisting power. Those marks are both more than 9 percent higher than in comparable 2013 models, and are backed by EPA grades expected to reach up to 29 mpg city (+7)/40 mpg highway (+11) when also configured with Mazda’s I-ELOOP capacitor-based regenerative braking system.
But that’s not all!