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Eric's Autos: 2022 Mazda3

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LCD interface for the audio system is fussier to use than rivals' systems.

Outward visibility in the hatch is less than in the sedan.

Under The Hood

The sedan version of the 3 comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 155 horsepower; it's paired exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

Optional in the sedan and standard in the hatch is a larger, 2.5-liter engine that makes 186 horsepower, making it one of the strongest optional (and standard) engines in the class.

It's available with a six-speed manual transmission -- in the hatch.


Or you can choose the optional six-speed automatic, standard in the sedan, which is automatic only. There's one more engine option, too.

If you want to own the strongest and quickest hatch in this class, choose the turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

Feed it premium unleaded and the computer will dial up maximum boost -- and 250 horsepower.

On The Road


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