Trying to decide between 2014 Mazda6 4-door and 2014 Mazda3 5-door...

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2014 Mazda6 4-door or 2014 Mazda3 5-door?

  1. 2014 Mazda6 i Touring 4-door

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  2. 2014 Mazda3 s Touring 5-door

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  1. allfiredup

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    Congrats! I don't think I've seen a 2014 Mazda3 in Black yet but it really looks fantastic!

    I've always been a fan of the 5-door/hatchback (don't call it a 'wagon') version of the Mazda3. My 2006 Mazda3 was a 5-door and I definitely preferred it over the sedan. I felt the same way about the 2nd generation (2010-2013) also.

    After seeing a few of the 2014 models in both sedan and hatchback styles, I definitely think Mazda's new design "language" makes the new sedan look great (and the hatchback looks odd/frumpy from some angles). Did you go with the light (Almond) interior? The Technology Package adds several class-exclusive high-tech features, but at $2,600 it can also push the total price over the $30k mark. It's great that they offer it for anyone who wants it and is willing to pay for it, but the Mazda3 GT is already such a complete package that it doesn't need it...

    The MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system in the Mazda3 is DEFINITELY superior to the unit found in the Mazda6 and CX-5. I was hoping that it would migrate to the Mazda6 for 2015, but it didn't....maybe the 2016 model will be updated.

    I read an article recently about cars that steal sales from other cars of the same brand. It mentioned that quite a few intended Mazda6 buyers ended up buying a Mazda3 instead. The cars are a lot closer in size than they appear- Mazda3 sedan has 96 cubic feet of passenger space while the Mazda6 only has 100 cubic feet (a difference of just 4-cubic feet). In comparison, the Honda Accord has 11 more cubic feet of passenger space than the Civic (103 vs. 92), so there is an easy discernible difference in size and space between the two. But not so with the Mazda pair.

    Personally, I would LOVE to see the Mazda6 Wagon that is sold in most markets outside of the U.S. made available here! But considering how poorly the original Mazda6 Wagon (2004-2007) sold here, I won't hold my breath. Then again, now that many (most?) consumers are more fuel economy conscious, it would make a great alternative to an SUV/Crossover....

    Anyway, congratulations once again! I love it! :D
     
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    Tsunade_Hime such bacon. wow

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    Had Mazda not redesigned the 3 cosmetically, I probably would have considered one for myself. But the new 3 is quite ugly IMO, the 6 is much better looking but it doesn't offer a hatchback. The fun to drive, still offering a 6 speed manual, and the fuel economy of the 2.0L is quite amazing, probably one of the better compacts out minus the road noise/polarizing looks.
     
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    One thing that really makes the new Mazda3 'i' (2.0L) models look odd is the use of undersized 16" wheels/tires. The 's' models 18-inchers fit the wheel wells and the car itself perfectly.

    The entry-level Mazda6 Sport has 17" wheels while the mid-level Touring and top-level Grand Touring have 19". But even the basic 17s on the Sport don't look undersized so they don't detract from the car's appearance. They NEED to make 17"' standard (or at least available) on the 2.0L Mazda3 models. I'm sure that more than a few would-be Mazda3 buyers have been put off by the dinky, cheap looking undersized wheels....

    I agree that the 2014 Mazda3 design is certainly more polarizing than the first two generations of the car (2004-2009 & 2010-2013). I think I mentioned it in a previous post, but the 2014 Mazda3 5-door is particularly unfortunate looking. Some angles just make it look dull and boring while others make you wonder, "Did they do that on purpose?" The sedan looks a lot cleaner and the lines flow naturally, sort of like a 7/8th-scale version of the Mazda6... although the Mazda6 is still far better looking!

    I miss the versatility of my 2006 Mazda3 s 5-door and I'm still adjusting to driving a conventional sedan with a trunk (or a 'boot' as they call it in England)! The most alluring thing to me about the Mazda3 was the availability of the 5-door hatchback bodystyle. If I didn't have my 2012 CX-9 SUV, I couldn't make it without at least having a hatchback. It is such a useful and versatile bodystyle and it's a shame that we don't have more of them available in the U.S. If not more 5-door hatchbacks, I'd be very happy with a few good wagons to choose from! Instead, one of the best (Acura TSX Sport Wagon) is going out of production this year with no replacement. At least Volvo now has the V60, but who can afford $40k+ for a (small) mid-size wagon???

    Back to the Mazda3....the 2014 will be due for a mid-model-cycle (MMC) 'refresh' for the 2016 model year (or as an early 2017 model at the latest). I'm looking forward to seeing if they address some of the strange design details at that time....if they continue to sell at current levels (just over 52k in the first half of 2014) I doubt it....
     
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