As before, three different engine options are available to choose from. My hatchback came with more than desirable. A 2.5-liter turbocharged engine with 227 horsepower and an impressive 310 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is on the list if one should opt for the pure experiences group, but it should be paired with the front-wheel drive setup that is set up. All-wheel drive requires an automatic transmission. Not to worry though, the gritty sport mode keeps the gears moving and climbing the rpm. The acceleration is strong until the red line. Perfectly complements the sporty chassis that really put the Mazda 3 on the map. Especially when the engine options are much less powerful. Slim and light on his feet. An enjoyable driving experience from start to finish. With tight body control, responsive brakes and a steering system that delivers natural feedback. The ride is steady enough to get through corners, without punishing passengers to the point where you need to keep a stash of Tylenol in the glove compartment.
Inside, the same thoughtful arrangement of premium materials will certainly impress. Smart design, with plenty of desirable features on board. Sharp, comfortable and satisfying to the senses. Everything is wrapped in attractive black, silver, aluminum and dark red. The Premium Plus package will include every conceivable driving assistant, a safety and security feature, and a bit of technology. Everything is heated, electrically adjustable, retractable, leather-wrapped, gently lit and more. Every inch has been studied in an effort to improve the experience. With one of the easiest infotainment systems to navigate and adjust.
Although its large, bulbous rear end may limit visibility from behind, the hatchback brings so much unique character and visual fun that it’s hard to miss. Its premium design ensures that nothing else looks quite like it. The Mazda3 also helps not get lost in the crowd thanks to the 18-inch black alloy wheels and the front grille matching Snowflake White Pearl. It rides low and aggressive, with sharp, slanting LED headlights shining bright on the road ahead.
Yes, there are a lot of great things to discover with the Mazda 3. It is a car that shows us tremendous value at every turn. This value can be further customized to fit a wide range of budgets thanks to different engine, drivetrain, parts and technology options. If you choose to go all in, and load it up to the hilt, you will find that the final price is still significantly lower than European competitors such as Audi or BMW. All without feeling like you had to sacrifice one thing.
Price as tested: $35810.00