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Eric's Autos: 2022 Mazda3

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Small sedans are less "in" than they used to be -- which may be why Mazda offers its smallest sedan, the 3, another way.

You have your pick of sedan or five-door hatchback. Both are essentially the same 3 presented in two different forms. One costs less -- and has less room for cargo -- because it's a sedan and has a trunk. The other costs a little more -- and gives you more room for cargo -- because it has a hatchback rather than a trunk.

As the saying goes, "you pays your money and you takes your choice!"

What It Is

The Mazda3 is a compact-sized sedan -- or five-door hatchback -- that competes with others in the class such as the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra. It emphasizes style and athletic handling, along with the option to pick the body style that suits you.

Plus some other things.

 

Prices for the sedan start at $20,800; the five-door hatchback stars at $22,750. In addition to the sedan's lower starting price, it also comes standard with a less-powerful 2.0-liter engine, while the hatch comes standard with a larger and stronger 2.5-liter engine, which is also optionally available in the sedan.

Both versions of the 3 are also available with a turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter engine.

The sedan version offers it for $30,550 to start. The same engine in the hatch stickers for $31,550.

You can get AWD either way, too.

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