The Mazda3 has always held a reputation for being a fun-to-drive car. This fact remains true for the latest generation. Drivers also appreciate the Mazda3’s premium interior and plethora of modern technologies. While this compact car is affordable, it feels more like a premium model. Let’s take a closer examination of the new Mazda3’s highlights.
What’s New for 2021?
With the arrival of a new turbocharged engine, the 2021 Mazda3 now offer more performance. A more efficient base engine has also hit the lineup.
What Styles Does It Come In?
Mazda offers this compact car in sedan and hatchback body styles. Both come standard with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional depending upon your engine choice.
What Are the Available Trims?
Available only as a sedan, the base Mazda3 2.0 has a nice list of standard equipment. Highlights include an 8.8-inch infotainment display and push-button start. Drivers seeking more performance can step up to the more powerful Mazda3 2.5S. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration technologies are included as well. Another step up the trim ladder is the Mazda3 2.5S Preferred, which adds a power sunroof.
Car shoppers seeking a more luxurious driving experience will enjoy the 2.5S Premium trim. It comes equipped with navigation and a 12-speaker Bose premium sound system.
The Mazda3 2.5 Turbo packs more power under the hood. It’s also loaded with a few more niceties, including heated front seats and a head-up display. Stepping up to the 2.5 Turbo Premium brings a Bose sound system and navigation. Atop the trim ladder is the Mazda3 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus. Leather-trimmed seats help separate it from the rest of the lineup. A 360-degree camera system also makes parking a less stressful event.
The Mazda3’s Exterior Styling
The 2021 Mazda3 has a clean and sophisticated look. Mazda’s Soul of Motion design language also gives the Mazda3 an extremely sleek profile. Even the base model receives standard LED headlights and stylish 16-inch alloy wheels. Upgraded 18-inch alloy wheels give the car a sportier stance.
Drivers will want to get more notice on the street can choose one of the available premium paint options. These finishes include Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray Metallic, and Snowflake White Pearl Mica.
Among the Mazda3’s most important features is its Mazda Connect infotainment system, which comes standard throughout the lineup. It can be easily operated using a rotary controller knob. Upgraded versions of the interface benefit from Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. While traditional analog gauges come standard, buyers can opt for a digital instrument cluster. Drivers who have a passion for music will highly desire the Mazda3’s Bose sound system.
For 2021, the Mazda3 offers a new base four-cylinder engine with 155 horsepower. Its purpose is to decrease vehicle cost and enhance fuel economy. Drivers seeking a zippier performance can step up to a larger 2.5-liter engine, which pushes out 186 horsepower. Atop the lineup is a new 250-horsepower turbo engine. The extra muscle enables the Mazda3 to accelerate far quicker than most rivals.
In regard to road handling, very few cars in this price range can outperform the Mazda3. Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus system comes standard, which improves handling and grip around curves. When equipped with all-wheel drive, the Mazda3 becomes a more suitable choice for drivers living in the Snowbelt.
The sedan’s new base engine enables it to return up to 28 mpg town/36 mpg freeway. Meanwhile, fuel economy estimates for the stronger 2.5-liter engine stand at 27 mpg town/36 mpg freeway. Drivers who choose the new turbo engine can expect to get up to 25 mpg town/33 mpg freeway. While the turbocharged Mazda3 can run on regular unleaded, premium fuel is necessary for optimum output.
Quality and Comfortable
The Mazda3’s interior quality is above average for the segment. Premium upholstery enables the Mazda3 to feel more like a luxury vehicle. Excellent cabin insulation also puts the Maxda3 among the quietest cars in the class.
While the Mazda3 is spacious enough for most people, some taller drivers may desire more space. Many of the other cars in the segment also offer more rear-seat legroom.
Mazda’s i-Activsense safety technologies are standard on the new 2021 Mazda3. This means automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection are found on every trim. Blind-spot monitoring can also be had on most trims.
The 2021 Mazda3 remains a compelling pick in today’s compact car segment. To see if the new Mazda3 is the right car for you, schedule a test drive today.
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Note: All Mazda Mazda3 MSRP, invoice and dealer cost dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.