2014 Mazda Mazda3 Sedan: Aero-Efficient Sedan Revealed

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Mazda is on a roll at the moment. Its CX-5 crossover is among the most efficient in class, and the new 40 mpg highway Mazda 6 likewise.

The 2014 Mazda 3 was also unveiled recently, and thanks to images leaked on the internet a few days ago, Mazda has now seen fit to reveal the 2014 Mazda 3 sedan in official pictures. And it's a bit of a looker.

With styling aping that of a shrunken Mazda 6, Mazda's 'Kodo' design language seems to work equally well on smaller cars as it does on larger ones.

It isn't a case of style over substance either. In fact, as Motor Authority reveals, the Mazda 3 sedan has a drag coefficient of just 0.26--0.02 lower than the hatchback, and significantly under the class norm.

That could make it the car to choose for the more fuel-efficient driver, particularly as Mazda's SkyActiv engines are expected to return class-leading efficiency figures. In our preview of the 2014 Mazda 3 hatchback, we predicted around 35 mpg combined. Could the sedan go even better?

It might even get close to matching the 2014 Mazda 6 in highway driving--a car Mazda recently announced to be capable of 40 mpg highway. That model features clever i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration technology, but the 3 is the smaller and lighter vehicle.

Two engines will be available in the 3--a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 155 horsepower, and a 184-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder. A diesel, expected for other markets, hasn't yet been announced for the U.S.

Sales of the 2014 Mazda 3 will begin this fall.


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Comments (4)
  1. I like what Mazda is doing. Now, how about a little diesel powered pickup to compliment the lineup? :)

  2. Think bigger Steve - how about a modern Mazda REPU, electric pickup with a rotary range-extender?... Ah, if only...

  3. How efficient is this car when standing on the 405 at 102 temp with the AC at full, and making progress at five miles per hour? All these efficiencies at ideal conditions (25 degree centigrade, constant 60 MPH with the windows closed and AC off) are ridiculous. Cal culate total gasoline consumed per m iles driven over one full year, then we discuss efficiency

  4. @Yuval: Do feel free to share your comments with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, whose ratings are the only ones automakers are legally allowed to cite in their advertising and marketing.

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