2014 Mazda3 - Award Winning

The 2014 Mazda3 has an impressive list of over 130 international awards, which is making it one of the most popular vehicle choices for drivers everywhere. Here is a look at what makes this car such a big hit and why it won some of the biggest awards in the auto industry.

IIHS Top Safety Picks

To win this award, vehicles must score well in five different tests and receive a rating of good, acceptable, marginal or poor. The vehicle must receive a rating of good in at least four of the categories and cannot receive less than acceptable in the other one. The tests include moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraints and seats and small overlap front. The 2014 Mazda3 tested as Good in all categories with possibility of minor or moderate injuries in only a few areas.

For instance, in the roof strength, the car is tested by pushing a metal plate against it to see how much force it takes to crush the roof. The Mazda3 was able to withstand a force of over four times its weight. This is especially important for small cars that have to share the road with larger vehicles.

Canadian Car of the Year

This award is sponsored by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. The 2014 Mazda3 won the Best New Small Car (under $21k). In this competition, there are several criteria and each vehicle is given an overall score in every category. The score is adjusted based on how important each one of them is to the car. For instance, the exterior and interior of the car is rated and the Mazda3 got the highest score for both areas.

This award also takes into account such features as visibility, ergonomics of the driver position, and roominess. Performance and vehicle dynamics also factor in the score. The time it takes to go from 0 to 100 Km/h and how the vehicle handles fuel consumption also weigh in. The Mazda3 not only had the best overall score, but scored at the top of almost every individual category.

Car and Driver's 10 Best Cars

The 2014 Mazda3 was named in the list of 10 Best Cars from Car and Driver. It is the 12th time in a row that Mazda has ranked in the list. Several things about the car made it command attention. According to Car and Driver, it is the ergonomics and finesse of the cars that make them a stand out. Its fuel economy is another reason it made an appearance on the list. Mazda focuses on what it excels at rather than trying to change and compete with other cars. And that is the main reason why it made it on the list of the 10 Best Cars from Car and Driver.

Award Winning 2014 Mazda3

The 2014 Mazda3 has proven that it is a car worth considering. Whether you look at it for safety, for function, or for style, it can stand its ground against any competitor. Not too often does a compact car stand out in the crowd, but this Mazda3 can't be ignored. Come to your local Greater Vancouver Mazda dealer - West Coast Mazda today and test drive the 2014 Mazda3.