The 2021 Mazda3 – Bring On The Turbo

by Nicole Wakelin

Turbocharged Fun

The 2021 Mazda3 sedan arrives with a major change – the addition of a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. It gives this sporty sedan 227 horsepower with 310- lb-ft of torque and makes what was already a fun car to drive even better.

The thing with Mazda is that it makes cars for people who like to drive. Any car can get you from one place to another, but not every car can make you look forward to the drive. That’s where Mazda comes into the picture. Its cars are sleek and stylish with surprisingly upscale interiors for the price and they have fantastic driving dynamics.

That means steering is crisp and controlled and the suspension system evens out the bumps and dips in the road, so the driver stays confidently in control. It means taking a tight corner at speed is fun and gets your heart racing in a good way rather than making you nervous. And now, with the addition of the turbocharged engine to the Mazda3 sedan, it means you have the power to make this car drive like a genuinely sporty sedan.

Two Well-Equipped Trims

Available in two trims with standard all-wheel drive, the Mazda3 2.5 Turbo starts at $30,050 and comes with a long list of standard features. These include an 8-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette seating surfaces, and a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel. There’s an 8.8-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning are also standard on the turbo. You get a lot of car for the price.

We spent our drive time in the Premium Plus. It’s the higher of the two turbo trims with a price of $32,600. Mazda isn’t quite a luxury brand, but it’s darn close. Interiors are bright, comfortable, and elegant with quality materials that look and feel beautiful. Without fail, they look like they belong in more expensive cars.

The Appeal of a Sedan

Sedans don’t sell like they used to with crossovers and SUVs now the go-to choice for, well, everyone. Despite their waning popularity, there are still plenty of good reasons to get a sedan. Not everyone needs the cargo room of a larger vehicle and there’s a cost savings to be had with sedans, both in their sticker prices and fuel economy.

The Mazda3 2.5 turbo gives you one more reason – it’s fun. The extra power of the turbo makes this a joy to drive, whether you’re mashing the gas to get up to highway speed or taking it along a winding country road. If you’re considering a sedan, then the Mazda3 2.5 turbo is worthy of a test drive.

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