Mazda has announced official pricing numbers for its new 2014 Mazda3 compact sedan and hatchback along with official fuel economy ratings for all models.
The 2014 Mazda3 starts at $17,740 with destination for the base i SV sedan with a six-speed manual transmission. Two engines are available—i models come with a 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine that produces 155 hp and s models are equipped with a 2.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder producing 184 hp—and trim levels include SV (sedan only), Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. The least expensive hatchback model, the i Sport, starts at $19,740 with destination.
Compared with the 2013 Mazda3, the 2014 i SV sedan is up only $245, and the hatchback model is actually $1055 less expensive because the 2013 3 hatchback was only available starting in the higher Touring trim.
2014 Mazda3 i models, regardless of trim level or body style, are available with either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic, which adds $1050 to the price of all models. 2014 Mazda3 s models are only available in Touring and Grand Touring trims, with the six-speed automatic being the exclusive choice for now and a six-speed manual coming for the 2.5-liter mill at an undetermined later date.
Options include a $1600 Touring Technology Package, which adds a touchscreen infotainment system and a Bose sound system, and the i-ELOOP capacitor-based energy storage system, available on s Grand Touring models for $1600 in a package that also bundles lane departure warning and Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support system. The most expensive 2014 Mazda3 is an s Grand Touring hatchback with i-ELOOP which tops out at $28,890 including destination, quite a chunk of change for a compact hatchback.
However, although the 2014 Mazda3 is now one of the most expensive models in the compact class, all models do come well-equipped, with even the base model including standard features like push-button start, a USB audio port, and power-folding outside mirrors.
The 2014 Mazda3 also is now a class leader in terms of fuel economy ratings, with i sedan models with the six-speed automatic achieving EPA ratings of 30/41 mpg city/highway. Hatchback i models are rated at 29/40 mpg for the manual and 30/40 mpg city/highway for the automatic. Despite the extra horsepower, 2.5-liter s models do not give up much in terms of fuel economy, with ratings as high as 29/40 mpg city/highway for s sedan models equipped with i-ELOOP, or 28/39 mpg without i-ELOOP. This drops to 28/37 and 29/39 mpg city/highway for 2.5-liter hatchback models without and with i-ELOOP, respectively.
The 2014 Mazda3 may be pricey compared to its rivals, but we love its great fuel economy and the way it drives. Check out the chart below to see how the 2014 Mazda3 stacks up in the compact class.
|Base Price||Fully-Loaded Price||Available Engines||Fuel Economy (city/highway)|
|2014 Mazda3||$17,740||$28,890||2.0-liter I-4, 155hp; 2.5-liter I-4, 184hp||28-30/38-41mpg|
|2013 Honda Civic||$18,955||$24,555||1.8-liter I-4, 140hp||28-29/36-41mpg|
|2014 Ford Focus||$16,855||$28,040||2.0-liter I-4, 160hp||26-28/36-40mpg|
|2013 Kia Forte||$16,700||$25,400||1.8-lier I-4, 148hp; 2.0-liter I-4, 173hp||24-25/35-37mpg|
|2013 Volkswagen Jetta||$17,515||$26,045||2.0-liter I-4, 115hp; 2.5-liter I-5, 170hp||23-24/31-34mpg|