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Since its 2003 debut, the Mazda3 has always left drivers satisfied. If you are searching for a Mazda in Phoenix, you’ll be pleased to learn that 2014 marks the third generation of the compact car favorite and in this redesign, Mazda sets out to preserve the car’s traditional strengths.

The 2014 Mazda3 is based on the same new lightweight chassis as the midsize Mazda 6 sedan, and is available in four trim levels – SV, Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. It sits atop a wheelbase that is 2.4 inches longer than the current model and is also a bit wider and lower. More importantly, it adopts Mazda’s newest, more aggressive-looking grille design. Familiar engines are also available, starting with the improved 2.0-liter four-cylinder that Mazda began offering in the 3 a few years ago. However, the optional 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine has been overhauled to provide a stronger power delivery and better fuel economy. Compared to the 2.0-liter, the 2.5 drops just a bit in terms of efficiency but, thanks to its extra power, delivers a considerably better driving experience.

Inside, the sporty cabin atmosphere remains, but this time it’s part of a more modern, flowing design, paired with vastly improved materials quality and a new touchscreen and electronics interface. An intuitive, driver-oriented dashboard and console put all the controls in easy reach, so that you aren’t searching around through button arrays or menu screens to accomplish basic tasks.

As for safety, every 2014 Mazda3 comes equipped with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. Blind-spot monitoring systems with rear cross-traffic alerts comes standard on the 3i Touring trim level and above, while the 3i Grand Touring and above also have a rearview camera. The available Technology package for the 3s Grand Touring includes a lane departure warning system, forward collision warning and Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support, which is a collision-mitigation system that can automatically brake the car to a stop at low speeds if the driver doesn’t react to an imminent collision.

According to Autoblog, the 2014 Mazda3 has officially been rated at 30/41 mpg. For more information, visit Chapman Mazda.