04/16/2014 (press release: CambridgePRGroup) // TALLAHASSEE, Fla. // Gem Mazda
Already named to Car and Driver’s 2014 10Best Cars list last November, the redesigned 2014 Mazda3 is proving to be a consensus favorite with discerning auto journalists, recognized this month as one of Automobile Magazine’s 10 All-Stars for 2014. The accolade marks the fourth time that the Mazda3 compact car has been dubbed an Automobile Magazine All-Star and the 22nd time that a Mazda vehicle has received the honor.
Eschewing the complex rules and categories of other vehicle awards, the Automobile Magazine editorial staff simply chooses their 10 favorite models that are on sale in America at the time of the All-Star testing. The 2014 Mazda3 impressed editors with its mix of value and substance, returning up to 41 mpg on the highway in sedan form while building on its reputation as the most engaging compact car with its improved driving dynamics. Helping the new Mazda3 provide that responsive-yet-efficient ride is Mazda’s full suite of lightweight SKYACTIV technologies, which encompass the car’s engine, transmission, body and chassis.
“The new Mazda3 appeals to both the head and the heart by giving buyers aggressive styling and crisp handling while still saving them money at the gas pump during their commute,” said Ken Wondergem, president and owner of Gem Mazda, a Tallahassee Mazda dealer. “Even as its lineup gets more fuel efficient and refined, Mazda remains committed to the simple concept that driving should be fun, and that’s why the brand is honored by respected auto journalists so frequently.”
Automobile Magazine also lauded the 2014 Mazda3 for offering a well-appointed cabin that is superior to those in more expensive cars, a sentiment that was recently echoed by WardsAuto. Mazda’s compact car landed on the 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list, with editors praising the looks of its red, white and black contrast stitching, carbon-fiber trim and metallic accents. Available with optional technology like the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system featuring a seven-inch touchscreen, an Active Driving Display and preventative-safety features like Lane Departure Warning, the new Mazda3 also wooed WardsAuto with its sophisticated dashboard and center console.
About Gem Mazda:
Honored as a certified 2013 Mazda Gold Cup Dealer, Gem Mazda provides Florida drivers with a higher standard of Mazda sales and service from its location at 1465 Capital Circle NW in Tallahassee. The dealership employs a knowledgeable sales staff that can answer questions on an extensive selection of Mazda vehicles, including the CX-5 compact crossover, the Mazda6 sedan and the engaging MX-5 Miata roadster, all while backing up each customer’s purchase down the road with its expert team of certified technicians. Gem Mazda can be reached by phone at 850-792-1162 or found online at www.gemmazda.com and on Facebook.