The good: The 2014 Mazda3 s Grand Touring 5-Door exhibits excellent driving response and very good fuel economy. Assistance features include a head-up display and blind spot monitor. Mazda Connect presents a very usable cabin tech interface, and supports music library control over Bluetooth.
The bad: Live traffic integration and Google local search requires the Mazda3 be tethered to a Wi-Fi hot spot. The head-up display's panel did not always deploy properly.
The bottom line: In features and driving character, the 2014 Mazda3 punches way above its humble economy-class roots, although a few bugs suggest the cabin tech needs refinement.
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