Originally Posted by saireah
I didn't care for the previous model year's interior. While I haven't looked at a 2014 in person yet, I'd be hesitant to buy a new model year with a brand new design, but that's personally just me because I've been burned on a new car purchase before. Go and drive both. You will know which you like more. It's all about how they feel.
The new one is pretty fancy actually. Nice little BMW-style joystick for controlling the fancy entertainment screen. Admittedly, the overall styling is a very subjective thing.. some will love it, others will hate it.
But i have to agree with saireah, first model year car is always a bit iffy. But I'm not sure I'd discount it entirely based on that.. although I might be more likely to consider an extended warranty on it.
Just double check the maintenance schedule on that. My last mazda3 was awful in terms of maintenance.