Mazda completely rebuilt its Mazda3 compact for the 2014 model year.

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The Mazda3 can be had as a hatchback or sedan.

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The rear window is a thin strip across the back.

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Cargo space isn't large, but the rear seats fold down, more than doubling the volume.

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Mazda imbues the Mazda3 with organic curves.

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This 2.5-liter direct-injection engine produces 184 horsepower.

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The Grand Touring model gets power adjustable seats.

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Rear seat space is average for a compact.

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Mazda doesn't offer options in the Mazda3, instead giving trim lines standard tech.

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The single gauge is a tachometer, with speed shown digitally.

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The six-speed automatic transmission includes a manual mode.

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The head-up display projects on a panel sticking up from the dashboard.

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Among the driver assistance features is this rearview camera.

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The home screen for Mazda Connect shows icons for major vehicle functions.

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The map display includes rendered buildings.

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Oddly, Mazda does not integrate live traffic with navigation, instead including this separate traffic map.

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You can tether the Mazda3 to a Wi-Fi hot spot for external data services.

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The playback screen for USB drives and iOS devices shows album art.

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