If you’re looking for a practical car for getting to and from work, around town, and the occasional road trip, but prefer to skip the snooze-fest cars usually associated with “practical”, it’s time to check out the 2014 Mazda3. The Mazda3 somehow manages to be incredibly efficient, spacious enough for getting your friends or family around, and delivers the “Zoom Zoom” we expect from Mazda.

You no longer have to sacrifice fun-to-drive performance for fuel efficiency, and vice-versa. Mazda has found the perfect balance in the Mazda3. The third-generation Mazda3 features SkyActiv, a host of design improvements and technology updates which now yield an average combined mpg of 32, up from 27 mpg in the previous generation. Improvement like that usually means a loss of power behind the wheel, but in the Mazda3, you won’t even notice it. The Mazda 3s models still manage to crank out an impressive 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque.

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It might seem like magic, but in reality, it’s just really smart science. The high compression engine, advanced six-speed transmission, and regenerative braking (i-Eloop) all contribute to the car’s efficiency and power. Check out Motoramic’s review of their long-term test drive. They’ve had the car for a year, and are still impressed!

Sometimes, you have to see it to believe it. Stop by Parks Mazda today to learn more and test drive a Mazda3 for yourself.

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