Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback

Editors' Review

The big deal for the 2021 Mazda3 is the addition of a new turbo engine. Roadshow's Andrew Krok recently tested the 2021 Mazda3 and it sounds pretty good, but not everyone is looking for a big turbo punch. Thankfully, even without a wallop of power, the Mazda3 is still really, really good.

You can buy the 2021 Mazda3 as a sedan or hatchback, in base S, Select, Preferred or Premium trims. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available for an extra $1,400.

No matter how you slice it, the Mazda3 looks great. I prefer the swoopy lines and bulbous butt of the hatchback to the sedan's more staid shape, but even in base form, this car looks 100% better than a Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra or Toyota Corolla. Of course, the sloping roofline and thick C-pillars mean the hatchback doesn't have the best rear sightlines, and cargo space falls behind the Mazda's competitors, too. The 2021 Mazda3 hatch has just over 20 cubic feet of space with its rear seats up, but the Honda Civic goes big with 25.7 cubic feet.

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The Good ~ Very fun to drive ~ Sophisticated styling ~ Manual transmission still offered ~ Available all-wheel drive

The Bad ~ Lackluster infotainment ~ Poor fuel economy ~ Poor rear visibility

The Bottom Line The 2021 Mazda3 should be on your short list if you value driving enjoyment and refined styling at a decent price.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 8
  • Design 9
  • Media 7

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