It’s no secret that we’re fans of the new, zoom-zoomy 2014 Mazda3, seeing that it was awarded the Best Compact Car of the Year.
This years Mazda3 hold more style appeal compared to its gap-toothed predecessor, with its long hood and flowing creases.
Unlike the 2.0-litre, the 2.5-liter Grand Touring sedan feels surprisingly upscale with its leather-trimmed seats, navigation and adaptive bi-xenon lights.
Compared the 2.5 to the 155-horsepower 2.0-litre, there’s more grunt in the mid-range, but the throttle is a bit sluggish on tip-in, like an old Mercedes tank from the ‘80s. F
Fortunately, hitting the sport button livens up the initial response, and the Mazda3 feels spritely and eager as the revs rise above 4000.
Unfortunately with the 2.5-litre, there is no manual option; while the six-speed automatic seamlessly glides through gears in every-day driving, there’s a delayed response when flicking the steering-mounted paddles.
Though not as crisp on turn-in as a sports car, it still loves to be thrown around corners.
It delivers a 33-mpg average in a split of motorway and city driving, getting as high as 38 mpg on the motorway.