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2014 Mazda MAZDA3

2014 Subaru Impreza

2014 Volkswagen Golf

  2014 Mazda Mazda3 s Grand Touring  -  First Drive 2014 Subaru Impreza 5dr Auto 2.0i Angular Front Exterior View 2014 Volkswagen Golf TDI
MSRP
$16,945
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$17,895
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$19,995
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Invoice $16,474 $17,104 $19,195
MPG
City/Highway
27/41 25/36 23/42
Rating
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
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Bottom Line The 2014 Mazda 3 stands out from the small-car crowd, with its sport-car-influenced proportions and sporty driving experience; but its tight, noisy cabin means that it’s not at all the best pick for pragmatists. Read Full Review The 2014 Subaru Impreza remains the only option in its class to come equipped with standard all-wheel-drive, where many don't offer it all. It's tough, practical, and looks good, too. Read Full Review The 2014 Volkswagen Golf hatchback offers excellent handling and a good ride, premium interior design and materials, and a range of engines--including the efficient TDI diesel--but at a premium price. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • Responsive powertrains
  • Sporty profile, eye-catching sheetmetal
  • Great handling
  • Excellent gas mileage
  • Premium feel, in some respects

Dislikes:

  • Tight back seat
  • Busy ride
  • Road noise

Likes:

  • Attractive styling
  • Responsive, drama-free handling
  • Standard AWD
  • Easy loading, flat cargo floor
  • 36 mpg, in an all-wheel-drive car

Dislikes:

  • Interior trim still feels cheap
  • Road noise
  • Mandatory AWD
  • Lack of advanced infotainment options

Likes:

  • Good ride, super handling
  • High-quality interior
  • Sturdy, fuel-efficient TDI diesel
  • Good gas mileage from GTI hot hatch
  • Responsive electric power steering

Dislikes:

  • Styling hardly changes
  • Slow, thirsty base engine
  • Minimal back-seat space
  • High price for the segment
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