2014 Mazda 3 s Hatch Tested: The Grille No Longer Grins, but the Driver Will

2014 Mazda 3 2.5L hatchback

If a car’s goodness could be determined from something as mundane as a single bit of switchgear, you likely wouldn’t need us to weigh in on the latest rides. Luckily for our job security, rarely can proper analysis be distilled from such a minute detail. But in the case of the 2014 Mazda 3, the slick, well-damped iDrive-like infotainment controller knob on the center console of Grand Touring and some Touring trims is a microcosm of the whole car: Precisely engineered, more expensive-feeling than its price point, and simply wonderful to use. Is our praise too effusive? Go to a Mazda dealer, give the knob (called the “commander switch”) a few twirls and clicks, and tell us we’re wrong. Don’t forget to take the car for a twirl, too, because it’s a pretty sweet drive. READ MORE ››

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