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2014 Mazda3 S Grand Touring 5-door Review #DriveSTI

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My two favorite smells are pizza and new car smell, LOL.  I know that sounds weird but who doesn’t love a new car and how it smells as well as pizza?  A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of test driving the 2014 Mazda3 s Grand Touring 5-door and I must say I was really impressed.


I have never driven a Mazda and to be honest I’m not sure that I have ever even driven in a Mazda but I was really happy and enjoyed the driving experience.  My typical problem with a new car is it’s difficult learning all the new features of a car but the Mazda seemed like it was laid out really well and it was easy to learn.

This car was loaded with features like leather seats attractive red stitching, satellite radio, Mazda Connect infotainment system, active driving display (shows your speed & navigation on the small flip up screen so you don’t have to look down), navigation, power everything and the list goes on and on.  I will say that this Mazda wasn’t lacking when it came to features.  It had just about everything a person would need in a car.
Active Driving Display

mazda leather and red stitching

MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment system

Like I said the Mazda was a blast to drive; It handled awesome and the pickup was really amazing.  I enjoyed all of the head and legroom that the Mazda had to offer since I am 6’3 and a roomy car is a must.


In addition to the awesome head and leg room the truck was ridiculously huge.  As you can see from the below picture Melinda was able to fit $350 worth of groceries in the trunk with no problem at all.  We also used the Mazda to go to one of Shaun’s lacrosse games and the truck easily accommodated all of his gear as well as chairs, a cooler and a ton of other stuff that we needed for the day.

mazda3 trunk of groceries

We had the opportunity to test how well the Mazda did on gas because Shaun had a lacrosse game 2 hours away one way and let me tell you it did awesome.  It was inexpensive to fill and it seemed like it went forever on a tank of gas which is great compared to our vehicles.

My overall experience with the 2014 Mazda3 S Grand Touring 5-door was very very positive and I would recommend anyone looking to buy a new car to give this Mazda a look because it will not disappoint.

We’re still a couple years away from getting away from the minivan but this would be a great 2nd car.

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  1. My father has a 2013 and LOVES it! I have driven it a few times and I have to say it’s a really nice car!

  2. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I love the smell of a new car too! I love that it is pretty roomy with large trunk space.

  3. Thats a lot of groceries in that trunk. We are going to be looking for a car soon. Ours is getting kind of beat. We just bought a new truck.

  4. I like the the smell of new cars too lol.This looks like a great car its a shame we could not fit our family in to it.

  5. Love the looks of that. So much room there.

  6. My husband is tall, so he would appreciate the roominess. I like the trunk space!

  7. I love that you can cram that many grocery bags in the back. And yes, gas mileage is another plus!

  8. I love that you can cram that many grocery bags in the back. And yes, gas mileage is another plus!

  9. I’m most impressed with the trunk capabilities. I’m such a mom. LOL

  10. It’s awesome how roomy it was both inside the car and in the trunk space. It does seem like a great choice for a second car.

  11. Susanna @Zealous Mom says:

    Wow, this vehicle looks so roomy and pretty. I love my car, but my boys’ legs are going to soon outgrow it. I’m always on the lookout for the next ride.

  12. Wow, I love the room in that trunk! I tend to do our grocery shopping in bulk and only go once every 3 months. Unlike my car, that truck would be able to hold it all!

  13. Carly says:

    I love the red stitching!!!

  14. Wow, that’s a lot of trunk space for groceries! Looks like a great car!

  15. Although I am not really a car person I know that Mazda’s are great little cars. My MIL has one and she really loves it.

  16. Whoa, that driving display is clear! Neat! I love a roomy trunk!

  17. What a beautiful car. It looks sporty and practical at the same time.

  18. Pretty new car! I love all that trunk room. So nice!

  19. I love that new car smell, too! I’m impressed by the mazda3’s trunk space!

  20. April says:

    I have always been impressed with Mazda. They really do pay attention to the small details. I worked at a car lot once that carried about 9 different car manufacturers and the Mazda’s were always amazing. I never saw one that I didn’t like it.

  21. This is a great looking car! I’m really loving the trunk space. Who doesn’t need more room to store groceries/kid stuff??

  22. This car looks so fun! I love new car smell too LOL

  23. Now that is some serious trunk space. We will be in the market for a new car by the end of the year. This is going on our list to test drive!

  24. I love this car. I got to test it a few months back and it did great for us. There’s a ton of room, even though you’d never know it!

  25. Wow! That is a lot of trunk space. Looks like a great ride!

  26. Now that is a slick looking car. Love the practicality of the huge trunk too!

  27. The Mazda looks very very nice. I have never been inside a Mazda – I will be checking them out!

  28. I like that it’s good on gas mileage! I’m in a gas hog SUV and believe me, I’m ready for a change.

  29. That is a nice looking car. IT’s very sleek. Anything with good mileage is something I’d like to research.

  30. I don’t even know if I’ve ever been in a Mazda! The inside looks slick!

  31. We don’t drive, but this looks like a great car! Very nice looking too!

  32. Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven} says:

    That is a PRETTY car! I love all the features. I can’t believe you fit ALL those bags in the trunk!

  33. That is a cute little car, and surprisingly roomy looking! I love the leather two-tone seats, very sleek.

  34. I’ve never driven a Mazda either but this is one sexy looking car. I’m with you on the new car smell. I was sad when our car lost it. The inside of the STI even looks good. I like the hatchback style that doesn’t look “old”.

  35. Wow you fit a ton of groceries in that trunk! I like the look of the car….very appealing.

  36. Looks like a nice ride! Love all the leather details!

  37. I loved this car and it’s near the top of my husbands wish list! It’s roomier than you would expect.

  38. Nice car! I would not have thought that much food would fit in that trunk,very sleek! I have never owned a Mazda. They are cute.

  39. The new Mazda’s look amazing. We’re thinking about switching over to one at the end of the year.

  40. I love this car. I may just have to take it for a little test drive myself. I love how it has headroom and I like the active display.

  41. I’d love to get my daughter one of these cars. So beautiful

  42. What a great looking car. That active driving display is SOOOO cool – I need to try that!

  43. That is one snazzy little car. When mine all get their own car, I think I will get rid of the SUV and go for something this size.

  44. Nice! I’m in the market for an SUV and the Mazda CX-5 is one I’m looking at. Good to know you like one of the other models!

  45. Now that is a good looking car! Love the color and all the features inside! I’d love something like that for the days I don’t need my SUV!

  46. What a sporty ride! I don’t know when I’ll get to drive something like that again. The kids and all of their stuff have me stuck in SUV world!

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