If you’re searching the market for a new compact car, be prepared to pay from slightly less than $20,000 to over $30,000 for the 2014 Mazda 3 models. There’s a $10,000 gap between the entry-level i Sport model and the Grand Touring that’s filled up with the most attractive of equipment. The Mazda 3 i Sport five-door, the most basic version, costs $19,740.
It comes with the 2.0-liter Skyactiv I-4 and a six-speed manual transmission. The entry-level model is already quite impressive with a push-button start, Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, power windows and two-stage power remote door locks, and air conditioning.
The new 3 hatch with all the options costs more than $30,000. Specifically, an s Grand Touring with all the options is priced at $30,590 (including the destination charge of $795). This comes with metallic paint, technology package, interior lighting package and remote start. You can build your own Mazda3 here.
Customers could avail of the 2014 Mazda3 in any of the available eight colors: Jet Black, Meteor Gray, Blue Reflex, Snowflake White Pearl, Liquid Silver, Soul Red, Deep Crystal Blue and Titanium Flash. Customers could also avail of Black or Sand cloth seats, or Black or Almond leather seats, depending on their chosen trim level.
On the other hand, leatherette-trimmed seats can only be availed in Black. Even at standard levels, safety features for the MY2014 Mazda3 are already aplenty and of advanced technology. These features include six airbags for the front, side and full side-curtains, headrests for all seating positions and whiplash-reducing front headrests.
Also included are power-assisted ventilated front and solid rear disc solid brakes as well as anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. And that’s not all. Daytime running lights, a Traction Control System (TCS), Hill Launch Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) are available as standard.
Mazda also offers a steering column that collapses following air bag deployment, a trunk entrapment release system, and three-point safety belts for all seating positions. Likewise, customers are treated to front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH), as well as a keyless remote panic button on the key fob.
For the i Touring models and higher, Mazda gave them a Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) as standard. While a rearview camera is offered as option on i Touring models, it comes as standard on the i Grand Touring, s Touring and Grand Touring models.
The s Grand Touring models will feature as standard the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) and rain sensing wipers. The High Beam Control (HBC), a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) are available as part of the Grand Touring Technology Package for the s Grand Touring models.