2014 Mazda3 Finds Perfect Balance of Sport and Efficiency

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.

Mazda3 Makes AOL Autos’ List of Best Family Cars

We might be a little bit biased when it comes to the sheer awesomeness of our cars, but we aren’t the only ones excited about our lineup. Take it from AOL Autos, who calls the Mazda3 “arguably the best small car on the market right now”.

The Mazda3 has made AOL Auto’s list of Best Family Cars, and it’s easy to see why. Its impressive design, striking looks, and excellent driving dynamics make it a top-notch choice for any small family. The Mazda3 not only drives well and looks good doing it, but also boasts an interior adorned with modern technology and high-end materials that could rival luxury cars.2014 mazda3 Best Family Cars

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Because of the sedan’s high safety rating and an array of safety features, the Mazda3 is one of the safest small cars out there. The Mazda3 is a car you can feel really good about loading your family into – whether it’s a quick trip across town or a cross-country road trip.

The Mazda3 interior space is deceiving for a small car. As soon as you get inside you’ll find plenty of interior volume, comfortable seating for five, and a large cargo area made even more convenient with a hatchback.

Last, but not least, the Mazda3 achieves fantastic fuel economy with ratings of 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway, making it an affordable car for getting your family where they need to be, near and far.

Stop by Parks Mazda today to test drive a Mazda3 and see what all the hype is about for yourself!


Redesigned Mazda3 Impresses in Crowded Compact Hatchback Segment

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The Mazda3 has always been a likable car, but now, redesigned for the 2014 model year, its vaulted far ahead of its competition to become simply the best compact car, hatchback or sedan, in the segment. Don’t just take it from us here at Parks Mazda, though—take it from the expert car reviewers over at Edmunds.com, who like the car so much that they at one point compare it to a Mercedes.

Edmunds describes the new Mazda3 as a vehicle that displays “impeccable balance” and features “sharper styling inside and out, improved ergonomics, and plenty of fun-to-drive personality.” The review site literally had nothing bad to say about the 2014 Mazda3, especially in its hatchback incarnation. Thus, sporting such a long list of positives, it’s no wonder that the Mazda 3 grabbed the top ranking in its segment.

While Edmunds favorite thing about the redesigned Mazda 3 is the interior—which is, no doubt, extremely comfortable and convenient—we’re just as enamored with the engine options that provide you ultimate driving comfort on the roads. The 3’s base-model engine is a 2.0L, 155 horsepower package, but you can kick it up a notch to a 2.5L, 184 horsepower option if you choose. The Mazda3 simply out-muscles, out-hustles, and out-bustles all its competition. Come by and check it out today!


Mazda Connect Blends Safety and Tech

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Mazda will present the next-generation Mazda Connect car connectivity system at the 2014 International Consumers Electronics Show taking place between January 7th and January 10th.

Mazda Connect, which was recently launched in the all-new Mazda3, is designed to bring the convenience and appeal of smartphones into the car without compromising any of the driver’s and passengers’ safety.

Combined with Mazda’s Human Machine Interface design philosophy, which minimizes the amount of time the driver’s eyes are off the road when interacting with the in-car display, the latest Mazda models are set to be some of the safest vehicles on the market before their actual crash-worthiness is even tested.

Mazda will also be showcasing a new application platform designed to enable more App developers to create and offer applications for safe use in Mazda vehicles.

No other company will offer the same level of safety, convenience, and entertainment. Come to Parks Mazda to be a part of the experience.


2014 Mazda3; Car of the Year

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AutoGuide.com has named the new Mazda3 as its 2013 “Car of the Year” for its “attractive styling inside and out, with impressive features in versatile packaging.”

The 2014 Mazda3 was one of five finalists vying for the title, including the new 2014 Mazda6 in the Mid-Size Sedan category. It stood out for many reasons: on the outside, because of its emotive character lines that express the brand’s new KODO “Soul of Motion” design language; and on the inside, because of the famous SKYACTIV® engine technology, the i-ACTIVESENSE suite of pre-crash detection systems, and the next-gen MAZDA CONNECT™ connectivity system.

There’s no doubt in our minds, however, that the most impressive part of the Mazda3 is its engines. Customers can choose the standard SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine, which produces up to 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque with one of the best fuel economy ratings in its class at 41 highway mpg, or the optional, more powerful 2.5-liter, 184 horsepower and 185 torque engine which, when equipped with Mazda’s exclusive i-ELOOP tech, still delivers ridiculously good mpg up to 39 on the highway.

And the best part? You can find the Mazda3 right here at Parks Mazda.