There is perhaps no larger range of options in a segment than when it comes to compact cars.
Some cater to the practical side, while others load up on features or emphasize sporty manners.
The 2014 Mazda 3 manages to do all three.
Along with the Ford Focus, it's the sportiest of the group.
The Focus, like the Mazda 3, has a taut ride and a very responsive driving feel overall; we tend to like the Mazda 3’s dash layout better than that of the Focus, but Ford makes back-seat passengers happier.
The Volkswagen Golf, new for this model year, is also fun to drive, and has a premium feel to rival the 3's, but it's still a bit short on options, particularly when it comes to infotainment.
The Chevrolet Cruze is super-spacious, with a back seat that feels like it came out of a mid-size sedan, and its ride is quiet, although there’s nothing exciting about the driving experience.
The Dodge Dart, like the Corolla and Cruze, is only sold as a sedan, but it offers a wider range of powertrains as well as a far more spacious interior—all with quite a bit of comfort yet a sporty design.
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