The Mazda3 has always been somewhat of an enigma among compact cars. Unlike its peers that lean towards the efficient and practical side of the econobox equation, the Mazda3 has always been a spunky alternative that nicely balanced efficiency and performance. Consequently, it’s the most fun-to-drive vehicle in the C Segment and a serious value, relatively speaking. It surely isn’t boring like some of the other boxes.
For months now, unsubstantiated rumors about the redesigned Mazda3 have been swirling around the web, along with several fuzzy spy images and ambiguous artist renderings. In addition, there has been lots of speculation, particularly with how the zoom-zoom automaker was going to incorporate its new Kodo design language -- which is intended to “embody the tension of power and speed caught in motion” and made its first appearance on the automaker’s Shinari concept back in 2010 -- as well as how the company’s lineup of Skyactiv technologies would affect the vehicle’s fun-to-fling character.
All of that conjecture -- well, most of it -- was put to rest today, as Mazda unveiled its all-new 2014 Mazda3 in New York City this morning.Read More »from The new 2014 Mazda3 is here… but is it a game-changer?