When you step into the cabin of the 2021 Mazda3 for the first time, you might think you’re inside a more expensive luxury model. The Mazda3, which is offered as a midsize sedan or hatchback, isn’t a luxury car, but it sure feels that way. There are three powerplants to choose from at a dealer like the Glendale Mazda dealership, and you can get the Mazda3 with all-wheel drive. The sporty and refined Mazda3 also comes with upscale infotainment and driver-assist equipment you’d expect to see in cars that cost a lot more.
According to the Glendale Mazda dealer, the Mazda3 gets two new powerplants for 2021, including a turbo-four that’s offered in the upper trim levels. The base 2.0 trim now features a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Other changes include a power sunroof for the Preferred trim.
The automotive media stands firmly behind the 2021 Mazda3. Forbes writes:
“The fourth-generation Mazda3 arrived in 2019 featuring an improved look based on Mazda’s bold “KODO” design language. In 2021, Mazda made a very special addition to the Mazda3 offering, by way of an all-new turbocharged engine with a specification list that is reminiscent of a tuned-up street racing car. Don’t be fooled by these specs, however, because on the outside the Mazda3 in 2021 still retains that chic, dignified demeanor and allure that have made this generation so well-liked.”
The 2021 Mazda 3 sedan is offered in three trim levels: 2.0, 2.5 S and 2.5 Turbo. Hatchbacks are available in the latter two trims. Front-wheel drive is standard in the 2.0 and 2.5 S. All-wheel drive is standard in the top-spec 2.5 Turbo and available in the 2.5 S. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the lineup.
Here’s the rundown on the Mazda3’s engines:
EPA-estimated fuel economy is rated up to 28 mpg city/36 mpg highway for the sedan with the base 2.0 trim.*
The base Mazda3 2.0 comes with push-button start, keyless entry, automatic emergency braking, and rain-sensing wipers. The infotainment system features an 8.8-inch screen, a stereo system with eight speakers, Bluetooth and two USB ports.
At the top of the lineup, the 2.5 Turbo comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, a head-up display, dual-zone climate control, a power moonroof, heated front seats, and simulated leather seats. Also standard is a safety suite that includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert with braking, and a blind-spot monitor.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.