The 2014 Mazda 3 represents something of a big shakeup by the Japanese company. Although never quite a subject of ridicule, the 2014 Mazda 3 has rarely been a topic of positive conversation with the critics either. For so long it has lived in the shadows, whilst the other, better hatchback’s, such as Ford’s Focus, dominated the market. If not a laughing stock, then it has remained the quiet, unassuming child in the corner who has been saddled with the boring tag. The one everyone leaves alone, despite some eyeing potential in there somewhere. But with the 2014 Mazda 3 MK3, all that is sure to change – the potential is about to materialise into something concrete.
Let’s have a quick look at some facts and long-held observations. There are around 6 million Mazda 3’s on the road, yet few would suggest that it has ever been a popular family hatchback. [...]