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$16,392 - $27,473
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2021 2.0 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $20,650
2021 2.5S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $21,650
2021 2.5S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $22,650
2021 Select Package 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $22,850
2021 Select Package 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $23,850
2021 Select Package 4dr i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $24,250
2021 Preferred Package 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $24,500
2021 Select Package 4dr i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $25,250
2021 Preferred Package 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $25,500
2021 Preferred Package 4dr i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $25,900
2021 Preferred Package 4dr i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $26,900
2021 Premium Package 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $27,000
2021 Premium Package 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $28,000
2021 Premium Package 4dr i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $28,400
2021 Premium Package 4dr i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $29,400
2021 2.5 Turbo 4dr i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $30,050
2021 2.5 Turbo 4dr i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $31,050
2021 Premium Plus Package 4dr i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $32,600
2021 Premium Plus Package 4dr i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $33,900
Expert Rating
3.4 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Overview

What's New

The 2021 Mazda Mazda3 receives two new engines for the model year. The base model now comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder for the sedan body style, while a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is now available for higher trims. The new turbo engine really gives the Mazda3 an edge in the compact class.

Choosing Your Mazda Mazda3

The Mazda3 is available in seven trim levels: 2.0, 2.5 S, Select, Preferred, Premium, 2.5 Turbo, and 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus. Pricing starts at $21,445 including destination for the base 2.0 model and climbs to $33,395 for the 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus.

All but the 2.0 trim are also available with a hatchback body for an extra $1,300 to $2,000, depending on the trim.

Engine Choices

With two new additions to the lineup, the Mazda3 is now available with three engines. The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder is only available on the entry-level sedan. The majority of models come with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, while the new turbocharged four-cylinder is reserved for the top two trim levels.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L 4-Cylinder155 hp150 lb-ft31 mpg
2.5L 4-Cylinder186 hp186 lb-ft30 mpg
2.5L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder250 hp320 lb-ft27 mpg

A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on the majority of trims. The hatchback is available with a manual transmission with the 2.5-liter engine. All-wheel drive is an extra $1,400, and it's required to unlock the turbo engine.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Both the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback can seat up to five passengers. When it comes to cargo space, the sedan has 13.2 cubic feet, while the hatchback can hold up to 20.1 cubic feet of cargo space.

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Safety Features

Every Mazda3 comes with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert come as standard on the Select trim. The Premium trim comes with traffic sign recognition, while the 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus adds a surround-view camera system and parking sensors.

Connectivity

For 2021, the Mazda3 comes with an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, a 7-inch display in the instrument cluster, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and an eight-speaker audio system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility require stepping up to the 2.5 S trim.

Navigation is available for $450, while a wireless smartphone charging pad costs $275.

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2.0 - From $21,445

The new entry-level Mazda3 is only available in a sedan body style and is the only trim to come with the 155-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Standard exterior features include 16-inch wheels, LED lights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. On the inside, it gets cloth upholstery, remote keyless entry, and push button start.

2.5 S - From $22,445

The main things the 2.5 S trim adds is the 186-hp 2.5-liter engine – as its name implies – and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

Select - From $23,645

The Select adds 18-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, and advanced keyless entry.

Preferred - From $25,295

The Mazda3 starts to feel upscale with the Preferred trim. Heated front seats, a moonroof, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard.

Premium - From $27,795

The Premium trim brings adaptive headlights, 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, LED headlights, paddle shifters, satellite radio, and a Bose audio system.

2.5 Turbo - From $30,845

The 2.5 Turbo is the first trim in the lineup to come with the newly available turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive as standard. Otherwise, its features mirror the Premium.

2.5 Turbo Premium Plus - From $33,395

The range-topping 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus trim adds a black spoiler, front and rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, perforated leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and more standard safety features.

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CarsDirect Tip

Unless you really don’t like the body style, we recommend the 2021 Mazda Mazda3 in hatchback form. As great as the turbocharged engine is, we think the Preferred trim is the sweet spot in the lineup. It comes with smartphone compatibility and extra convenience features that really help it stand out as the best value option.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Spot-on handling
  • Cut above interior
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Available manual transmission
Cons
  • Pricey at top end
  • Confusing infotainment system
  • Poor rearward visibility in hatchback
Expert Rating
3.4 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Your choice of sedan or hatchback. Not every manufacturer offers both sedan and hatchbacks in the compact segment, if they’re participating at all. The 2021 Mazda Mazda3 comes in both configurations. The Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and the Kia Forte are among those that do likewise.

Of the two Mazda choices, the sedan is the more stylish. We admire its smart and clean proportions, but take issue with the bulky rear pillars on the hatchback as it blocks rearward vision. This is one of the few times that we don’t recommend the hatchback ahead of a sedan when both are offered.

The Mazda design, though, is anything but pedestrian. The front end is dominated by a gaping grille that tilts ever so forward. It’s surrounded by narrow headlights that give a far more upscale look than you’d expect here. Mazda makes do with beautiful and tasteful contours to shape the body. That’s in stark contrast to the sharp cutlines some competitors have.

Optional all-wheel drive and transmission choices. Soon after bringing an all-wheel-drive option to the midsize Mazda Mazda6, the Mazda3 gains that choice too. It adds $1,400 to the price of most models, but it is standard with the Mazda3 Turbo. Few models in this segment offer an AWD option except on top-end, performance trims. The Subaru Impreza is one exception where AWD is standard.

You can also find a manual transmission, although this six-speed gearbox is available only on the Premium trim. Otherwise, the Mazda3 works with a six-speed automatic. That’s about two fewer cogs than what’s common today.

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Three engine options. If you shop the sedan, you’ll find three engine choices. There are two with the hatchback. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. It offers average power, although you may find yourself pining for more.

A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making an even 186 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque hits the sweet spot for the Mazda3. It’s a peppy engine with ample power just a full throttle away.

The best choice is the most powerful of the lot. This one is a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque when filled with premium fuel. Although the Mazda3 Turbo supplies a kick similar to the long-retired Mazdaspeed3, it offers a more refined drive than its predecessor. Still, its performance edge is something to consider.

Stellar safety scores. The Mazda3 garnered the top safety scores from both the IIHS and NHTSA. This fact alone makes the Mazda3 easy for us to recommend from a safety standpoint.

Mazda doesn’t stop there with its list of standard safety features. All trims come with automatic high beams, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control.

Other available features include adaptive headlights, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, traffic-sign recognition, and a traffic jam assist system.

Final thoughts. The 2021 Mazda3 is a stylish and fun to drive compact sedan or hatchback. It takes things to another level with its available all-wheel drive, manual transmission, and three different engines.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 155 HP / 150 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
28 / 36 / 32 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 155 HP / 150 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
28 / 36 / 32 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.2 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
93 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
183.5 "
Exterior Width
70.7 "
Exterior Height
56.9 "
Front Headroom
38.0 "
Rear Headroom
37.3 "
Front Legroom
42.3 "
Rear Legroom
35.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,984 Lbs.
Wheel Base
107 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Black Bbs Forged Aluminum / 18.0 " Black Aluminum / 18.0 " Polished Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
8-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
8-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan
Speakers
8
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Smart Brake Support (sbs) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist System (lkas) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Smart Brake Support (sbs) Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Control (hbc) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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