Mazda's compact car got lower and wider for 2014, but the most noticeable change is the loss of its creepy, clown-smile grille. Sedan and hatchback versions of the Mazda3 now wear more sophisticated styling in front, which is joined by a much more polished interior. An optional dash-mounted, tablet-like 7-inch screen and nicer cabin materials are high points.
Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the redesign gives compact-car shoppers an alluring choice outside and in, and it offers a satisfying mix of efficiency and performance. Click here for his drive impressions, and check out the gallery of his photos below.