The Mazda3 is a compact car that’s available in sedan or hatchback body styles. Always at the forefront of the segment, the 2021 Mazda3 is even better than before. Buyers at dealerships like the Ontario area Mazda dealership get a sporty car that’s refined and fun to drive, with modern technology and driver-assist features you’d expect to find in a much more expensive vehicle. Step inside the beautiful cabin, and you’ll think you’re in a luxury car. The Mazda3’s attractive exterior styling causes it to turn heads wherever it goes.
There are two new engines for 2021, including an available 2.5-liter turbo-four. The base model now gets a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant. According to the Mazda dealership near Ontario, there are also a few changes in features this year.
Powering the Mazda3 is a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that’s standard across the lineup. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine generates 186 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a turbocharged 2.5-liter-engine that puts out 227 hp and 310 lb-ft with regular gas and 250 hp and 320 lb-ft with premium. Buyers who choose this engine can get an optional six-speed manual gearbox.
The Mazda3 continues to garner excellent reviews from the automotive media. Autotrader wrote: “The 2021 Mazda3 is one of those rare compact cars that have outstanding style and features that wouldn’t be out of place in a $50,000 luxury car. Available as a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback, the Mazda3 also feels completely at home on a twisty road, thanks to suspension tuning that’s firm but not jarring.”
The Mazda3 2.0 Sedan gets standard 16-in alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, LED headlights and taillights, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, an 8.8-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth, a 7-inch driver information display, an 8-speaker audio system, HD radio and two USB ports. Advanced safety features that come standard include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, a blind-spot monitor and lane-keep assist.
The Mazda3 2.5 S is available as a sedan or hatchback and comes with the 2.5-liter engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, leatherette upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2.5 Select gets optional all-wheel drive, while the 2.5 S Preferred includes a power sunroof. The 2.5 S Premium gets a 12-speaker Bose audio system and satellite radio.
The Mazda3 2.5 Turbo is powered by the turbocharged 2.5-liter engine. It gets paddle shifters, heated front seats, a head-up display and leatherette upholstery. Step up to the 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus, and you’ll get the 12-speaker Bose audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio, navigation a leather interior and a 360-degree overhead monitor.
As of this writing, neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has tested the 2021 Mazda CX-30. We expect the crash-test results to be identical to last year’s CX-30, which was named a Top Safety Pick model by the IIHS, with the highest score of Good in all tests. The NHTSA gave the 2020 Mazda CX-30 five-out-of-five stars for overall safety.
* 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.