I used to gag at the looks of the 2012+ models when they came out but that picture has changed my perceptions.
Still not sold on the rear, but everything else looking good.
Me too, and had planned to get a MY10 until Mazda corporate offered me this one out of the press fleet for a great price, but now I think it looks better than the older body style. It's amazing what some simple changes can make
Agree that the back is a bit frumpy though. Still need to black out the logos.
It's the taillights to me- since it's a hatchback, it just seems odd to split it in half with the horizontal lights. The 1st gen with the vertical lights was the way to go. It looks good on the Kia Soul, most minivans (not really), most vans... even the Focus hatch and wagon.
I wonder how difficult it would be to switch it back to the old lights? The hatch should be a bolt on, I think the rear 1/4 panels on this car are bolt on too. Can anyone do a photoshop? I recently got an offer from my dealer to come in for a 2014 and the cover showed a stormy blue colored 5, too bad its not reality, looked nice.
Beauty in the eye of the beholder argument has no ending. To me, it has always been and still is the swoopy sides that kill it. I can accept the grin, the horizontal tails is not too bad (still prefer vertical), and I like the refreshed interior more. I recall doing a 10 min MS Paint edit to remove the stilly sides and the car look 1000% better -IMO. I cannot accept those waves Curves = yes, waves = no. Why didnt Mazda just use pin strips like everyone else so I can rip it off.i think you would be changing out the whole rear end. is appearance worth that much to you?
Even more impressive is that I did all this without my wife knowing (dance)
Unfortunately the skies got overcast today, so just went out and did a quickie shoot at a parking garage close by for now.
MY2013 Liquid Silver
Lowered on H&R springs
Mazdaspeed 3 wheels plastidipped anthracite gray
( Better to beg for forgiveness than ask permission..... )