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The Bike Fits Easily - 2014 Mazda MAZDA3 S Long-Term Road Test

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edited June 2014 in Mazda
imageThe Bike Fits Easily - 2014 Mazda MAZDA3 S Long-Term Road Test

Chalk up one more reason to like the 2014 Mazda 3: Order it as a hatchback, as Edmunds did with its long-termer, and it's simple to throw a bicycle in the back.

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    seppoboyseppoboy Member Posts: 93

    My old, beloved GTI did not even require removing the front wheel, which I appreciated because my mountain bike was a lightweight from the simpler-is-better school, no quick-release on the front fork. It fit just fine. Gotta love hatchbacks.

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    legacygtlegacygt Member Posts: 599

    You have to wonder if you could have left the wheel on if they didn't slope the rear glass as much.

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    fordson1fordson1 Unconfirmed Posts: 1,512

    Wow - would you look at that? The whole rear end opens up, and the rear seats fold down!

    Truly a special, special car. I'm thinking a car this special probably has a rear wiper and washer, too - right, Mike?

    Can't wait...

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    bc1960bc1960 Member Posts: 171

    The hatch does not start to rake until 15" above the load floor; the back light bottom/parcel shelf/rear seat top are approximately 18". The sedan pass-through is more restrictive in height. The limiting factor for things less thick is where you have the front seats. For most people this should leave a load floor 60-66" in length with rear seat down, and not quite 42" wide.

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    bc1960bc1960 Member Posts: 171

    Sorry, the width is closer to 40.5"; my car-shopping notes are getting jumbled.

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    mfennellmfennell Member Posts: 91

    Roval carbons. Is that an S-Works hiding under there? I race a hardtail S-Works (in the love it/hate it green - the price was right).

    Anyway, can you fold the seats down with the front seats all the way back? Also, it looks like you had to push the passenger seat up to more comfortably fit the bike. Those are the kind of annoying things that add up over time and why I eventually found myself with a Volvo V70 - the extra space makes a big difference when you're throwing a bike in constantly.

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