What appear to be the first photos of the 2014 Mazda3 have shown up in a Japanese magazine. If these scans are accurate, the next car will have a lot less in the way of smiles — but hopefully it will still give its driver some grins.
Yes, the Mazda3, or "Axela" in Japan, seems to trade its infamous smiley face for a shrunken-down version of the styling cues from the new Mazda6. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, as the 6 is a pretty good looking car. If these photos are the real deal, it will likely be the most grown-up looking 3 we've seen yet.