Dave's Gagrage: 2021 Mazda3
The Mazda3 just got speedier.
In addition to its standard 2.0-liter and optional 2.5-liter engine, you can now get it with a new engine. It's a turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter engine -- partially resurrecting the idea, at least, of the old MazdaSpeed3, the high-performance version of the 3.
That one hasn't been available for a while.
Now it's almost back.
The new engine also comes paired with all-wheel drive. The old Speed3 was a front-wheel-drive terror that was terrible in the snow.
Now you can get where you're headed when the weather's not great -- and get there faster, too.
What It Is
The 3 is Mazda's entry-level compact sedan/hatchback sedan.
In addition to being an economy car, it can also be a high-performance car -- and something in between the two.
Prices start at $20,500 for the base sedan equipped with an economy-minded 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. This one can deliver almost 40 mpg on the highway, which is among the best you can get without getting a hybrid.