2021 Mazda 3 Hatchback

2021 Mazda 3 Hatchback Test Drive Review: The Grown-Up Hot Hatch

With the introduction of the fourth-generation Mazda 3 Hatchback, the Mazda brand took a turn in a very different direction in the US. Goodbye 'Zoom-Zoom,' hello 'Driving Matters' as a brand slogan, and in comes a new target audience for Mazda. Rather than catering directly to younger buyers with sporty products like the MazdaSpeed line, Mazda is now after a more mature demographic with buyers seeking a near-luxury product at mainstream prices.

This transition becomes apparent when stepping inside the new Mazda 3 Hatchback. Premium materials and elegant design give the Mazda 3 a whiff of Audi on the interior, which is high praise for a mainstream vehicle. For 2021, Mazda has now added a turbocharged engine variant with 250 horsepower, putting the 3 on a more level playing field with hot hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Golf GTI. But actually, Mazda hopes to punch well beyond the GTI's pedigree. Mazda says its new turbo 3 is so premium, it can steal customers from the Audi A3, BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, and Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Is the 2021 Mazda 3 hatch worthy of poaching luxury buyers? Or are those aspirations a bit too lofty? We took one for a few days to test drive it and find out.

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New 2021 Mazda 3 Hatchback Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback?

The big news for 2021 is the addition of a new 2.5-liter turbocharged engine at the top of the range in two all-new trims for the USA: 2.5 Turbo and 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus. Producing up to 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque on premium gas, it answers one of the few criticisms of last year's model. This high-performance version of the Mazda 3 comes standard with the brand's i-ACTIV all-wheel-drive system. Elsewhere in the lineup, Mazda has added a few additional features such as a three-year trial of Mazda Connected Services, which includes a Wi-Fi hotspot with a six-month or 2-GB trial. The Mazda 3 2.5 S with the Select Package is a new trim for the hatchback and offers available AWD, blind-spot monitoring, dual-zone climate control, and black leatherette seats. With the Preferred Package, the Mazda 3 is now equipped with a power moonroof. Meanwhile, the Premium Package now gains a Bose 12-speaker sound system, navigation, and more.

Pros and Cons

  • Turbo engine delivers much-improved performance
  • Cabin feels expensive
  • Sporty handling
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Responsive infotainment interface
  • Eye-catching design
  • Limited rear-seat legroom
  • Other hatchbacks offer more trunk space
  • Large blind spots are a frustration
  • Missing a few premium features
  • Doesn't feel like a "hot" hatchback

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2021 Mazda 3 Hatchback Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.5 S
2.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$22,500
Select
2.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$23,700
Preferred
2.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$25,350
Premium
2.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
6-Speed Manual
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$27,850
2.5 Turbo
2.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$30,900

Mazda 3 Hatchback Exterior

The Mazda 3 Hatchback shares its face with the 3 Sedan, and it must be said that it's one of the more handsome cars in its segment. Slim LED headlights flank a large grille, although this has been neatly integrated into the overall design. The base model rides on 16-inch alloy wheels while upper trims have 18-inch wheels in a black finish. Along the side, the exceedingly chunky C-pillar stands out the most, but while it is distinctive, it's exactly this feature that contributes to the 3's poor rearward visibility. All versions have a rear roof spoiler and upper variants come with a power glass moonroof. The newly introduced 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus has access to a pair of aero kit options too, for a sportier look encompassing a front and rear diffuser and spoiler, and on the second package, side sill extensions. 18-inch BBS black alloy wheels are also available.

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Dimensions

Key dimensions see the Mazda 3 Hatchback square up closely with the Honda Civic Hatchback; the biggest difference is in length, where the Civic is 2.3 inches longer. The Mazda is 175.6 inches long, 70.7 inches in width, 56.7 inches in height, and has a 107.3-inch wheelbase. In terms of curb weight, the lightest model is the Premium with FWD and the manual gearbox at 3,022 pounds, while the turbocharged models weigh 3,383 lbs.

  • Length 175.6 in
  • Wheelbase 107.3 in
  • Height 56.7 in
  • Max Width 70.7 in
  • Front Width 61.7 in
  • Rear Width 62.2 in

Exterior Colors

The base model can only be had in a choice of three colors, with Deep Crystal Blue Mica and Jet Black Mica being standard. For an additional $395, Snowflake White Pearl Mica becomes available. Opting for the Select or Preferred avails Machine Gray Metallic at $495 as well as the particularly striking Soul Red Crystal Metallic which costs $595. Above this level, Deep Crystal Blue Mica is swapped out for Polymetal Gray Metallic. Soul Red is by far our favorite color, and it's easily worth the $595 premium as it adds about $10,000 of visual appeal.

  • Jet Black Mica
  • Snowflake White Pearl Mica
  • Deep Crystal Blue Mica
  • Machine Gray Metallic
  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic
  • Polymetal Gray Metallic, *PRICE TO FOLLOW*

Mazda 3 Hatchback Performance

With the addition of a turbocharged engine, the Mazda 3 is suddenly quite a hot performer. When running on premium gas, this 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbo engine delivers up to 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. These numbers are reduced to 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque on regular fuel. Paired exclusively with an all-wheel-drive system, this engine, unfortunately, can't be paired with a manual gearbox. It offers far more grunt than the naturally-aspirated power plant, though, and a 0 to 60 mph time in the low six-second range seems entirely feasible. Though Mazda won't quote an official time, nor an official top speed, early tests have already suggested sub-six is plausible. Lower down in the range, the 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-pot with 186 hp is still on offer, as the base 2.0-liter engine can only be had on the sedan. This engine can be paired with FWD, AWD, and a manual gearbox, though the manual and AWD can't be had together.

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Engine and Transmission

Most Mazda 3 models still employ the familiar SkyActiv 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine with outputs of 186 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. Depending on the trim, it either sends power to the front wheels or to all four corners optionally. Most models use a six-speed automatic transmission, but the Premium is offered with a six-speed manual to send the power to the front wheels. The new 2.5-liter turbo-four that we spent our time with produces 250 hp and 320 lb-ft when running on premium fuel, or 227 hp and 310 lb-ft on regular unleaded.

The base engine's outputs are decent, although the peak torque figure only comes into play at 4,000 rpm, so it makes you work a lot harder to extract rapid acceleration. Still, it'll be suitable for most needs and passing power is reasonable. The new turbo is in another league, with far more low-down twist than the base engine which makes for much more effortless progress. It's just a pity that this engine can't be paired with the slick-shifting manual, which is much more enjoyable to use than the outdated automatic.

  • Engines
    2.5-liter Inline-4 Gas, 2.5-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Automatic, 6-Speed Manual
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

When an automaker's slogan is 'Driving Matters,' the cars better be pretty fun to drive. In this area, we were rather disappointed with the Mazda 3 AWD hatchback we had for review last year. The carryover 2.5-liter four-cylinder felt adequately-powered but joyless, and the AWD system was let down by its screechy, gripless all-season tires. By dropping in a turbocharged engine, Mazda easily fixed the 3's lack of speed. As with other Mazda models to use this turbo four-pot, the 3 feels gutsy, especially at low engine speeds. The engine has so much torque on tap, it rarely strains itself during passing maneuvers, delivering effortless acceleration reminiscent of a luxury model.

The characteristics of the Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo feel ideal for buyers who are coming out of a luxury brand like Audi or BMW, but it will disappoint customers in search of their next hot hatchback. This car is not a spiritual successor to the MazdaSpeed3, and thinking of it as such will only lead to disappointment. The AWD system strips aways the manic torque-steer of the old Speed3, replacing it with sensible understeer. Mazda will not offer the 3 will a summer tire option, though the Bridgestone all-seasons are much grippier than the Toyo Proxes that are also on offer. Those who care at all about how their car handles should get the Bridgestones, or better yet, get a set of summer tires elsewhere for the warmer months.

Though the addition of the turbocharger will propel the hatchback at faster speeds, Mazda hasn't done much else to improve the handling. The suspension is still tuned for comfort, meaning the car exhibits plenty of body roll around corners. With AWD standard, the 3 2.5 Turbo at least feels planted at all times, though we would have liked to see Mazda offer sport suspension and larger brakes. In Sport Mode, the car activates its G-Vectoring Control, which senses driver inputs and manages the weight balance when cornering to apply more grip on the front end using a combination of the brakes and gearbox. Sadly, the six-speed automatic box lacks the quickness of more modern transmissions, and on-throttle, it often short shifts, even in Sport mode. With this transmission, the Mazda 3 feels perpetually inclined to be driven at seven-tenths rather than all-out. We hate to take the cliche "it needs a manual stance," but Mazda could probably benefit from a newer automatic with a few more cogs or a dual-clutch transmission in the near future. In this regard, it feels more lukewarm than a true hot hatch.

Mazda 3 Hatchback Gas Mileage

The most efficient Mazda 3 Hatchback is the model with the base engine, FWD, and the automatic gearbox. In this guise, EPA-rated mileage figures work out to 26/34/29 mpg city/highway/combined compared to the manual version's 24/33/27 miles per gallon. These numbers are comparable with other competitors in this segment, although the Honda Civic comes out on top with figures of 31/40/34 mpg from its smaller-capacity turbo engine. With AWD, the 3's figures dip to 25/31/27 mpg. Opting for the new turbocharged Mazda 3 doesn't have a seriously negative effect on consumption, with this derivative returning 23/31/26 mpg. FWD versions are equipped with a 13.2-gallon gas tank while AWD versions have a slightly smaller 12.7-gallon tank, so this means that the 3's range in mixed driving varies between 330 and 383 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    13.2 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 26/34 mpg
* 2021 Mazda 3 Hatchback 2.5 S Automatic FWD

Mazda 3 Hatchback Interior

The Mazda 3 proves that you don't need a premium badge on the hood to enjoy a premium cabin experience. From the high-quality stitching to the solid switchgear and the smart layout, it's certainly an interior that makes a great first impression. Spend a bit more time with it and some shortcomings are revealed, though, such as poor rearward visibility and limited rear-seat space, but otherwise, the driver and front-seat passenger will find little to complain about. The entry-level model is equipped with air conditioning, a keyless entry system, push-button ignition, and cloth-trimmed seats. Higher up in the range, the Mazda gains luxuries like leather-upholstered seats, heated front seats, a Bose premium sound system, and a head-up display.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Mazda 3 hatchback is strictly a five-seater with room for two up front and three squeezed in the back. Front occupants won't find much to complain about with 42.3 inches of legroom and 38 inches of headroom (37.5 on models with the sunroof). In the back, we'd think a premium-oriented hatchback would offer more than 35.1 inches of legroom, which trails the Honda Civic but easily exceeds the Corolla Hatchback. We'd also like to see Mazda add rear air vents, which are a staple in any premium car. Rear headroom is pretty comparable to the segment though, with 37.2 inches. The biggest downside to the hatchback's interior is the quirky C-pillar design which creates substantial blind spots.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.3 in
  • Front Head Room 38.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.2 in

Interior Colors and Materials

The lower two trims only offer black interiors, with cloth seats for the 2.5 S and leatherette for the Select. The latter trim also adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector. With the Preferred and 2.5 Turbo, a lighter color choice - Greige - is added along with the Black. On the Premium, genuine leather seats in either Black or Red are fitted, which is also the case for the top-spec Turbo Premium Plus. Those seeking a wow-factor should opt for the red leather interior.

Mazda 3 Hatchback Trunk and Cargo Space

Compared with some other hatchbacks, the Mazda 3's trunk falls short in terms of overall capacity. Behind the back seats, there are just 20.1 cubic feet of volume, which is outdone by the Civic's 25.7 cubes. The difference is unlikely to chase away shoppers who have already been won over by the 3, but if it's the most practical hatchback you want, this isn't it. Still, for most day to day needs, the 3's trunk is perfectly adequate. To free up more space, the 60/40-split-folding rear seatback can be folded forward.

Interior storage space is reasonable but not exceptional. The 3 Hatchback comes with the usual glovebox, an overhead console to store your sunglasses on most variants, a center console which doubles as a middle armrest, a front passenger-side seatback pocket, and storage bins in the front doors with bottle holders.

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  • Maximum Cargo Space
    47.1 ft³

Mazda 3 Hatchback Infotainment and Features

Features

The Mazda 3 hatch offers a competitive range of features. On the base model, expect gear like air conditioning, an advanced keyless entry system, push-button ignition, and a seven-inch LCD driver display, along with safety technologies like radar cruise control, lane departure warning, driver attention alert, and lane-keep assist. Higher up in the range, the 3 comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, paddle shifters for the automatic transmission, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, an adaptive front lighting system, and a power sliding glass moonroof.

Infotainment

After leaving a forgettable first impression, the Mazda Connect infotainment system felt more intuitive the second time around. All 3 Hatchback models get an 8.8-inch full-color display, controlled by a rotary knob near the gear lever. While we'd prefer a touchscreen, the controller is pretty self-explanatory aside from one or two confusing menu layouts. An eight-speaker audio system comes standard, while the upper trims from the Premium onwards add a Bose 12-speaker premium audio system that packs a bigger punch. No matter what, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay all come standard, but SiriusXM is only equipped on models with the uprated sound system.

Mazda 3 Hatchback Problems and Reliability

The 2020 version of the Mazda 3 has a J.D. Power rating of 78 out of a possible 100, which isn't quite as good as the ratings for the likes of the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. So far, the 2021 Mazda 3 is recall-free, but the 2020 model was recalled twice. The issues were for emergency braking that can suddenly activate while a later recall was for front brake caliper bolts which may loosen and fall off. The new turbo engine has already seen duty in the CX-9 and CX-5 for some time, so reliability-wise, should be a solid addition to the 2021 variant.

Mazda's warranty isn't as comprehensive as that of Hyundai and Kia's. The 3 is covered by a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and 24/7 roadside assistance for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Like most other vehicles in this segment, complimentary scheduled maintenance isn't included.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

Mazda 3 Hatchback Safety

The Mazda 3 Hatchback is undoubtedly a safe car, with the NHTSA awarding it a full five-star safety rating. Over at the IIHS, the current model year 3 hasn't yet been rated for crashworthiness, but the 2020 version attained the agency's Top Safety Pick + award, which indicates the highest possible safety standards.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

The Mazda 3's superb safety record isn't a surprise considering the plethora of safety features it comes with. All versions come with eight airbags (including side curtain airbags and knee airbags for the front occupants), along with dynamic stability control, traction control, tire-pressure monitoring, and a rearview camera. Driver assists that are common to all derivatives include lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, radar cruise control with stop & go, driver attention alert, and high-beam control. Further up in the range, the 3 comes with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, and a head-up display. The priciest trim exclusively gets rear smart brake support, a surround-view monitor, and traffic jam assist.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Mazda 3 Hatchback a good car?

The 2021 Mazda 3 Hatchback is an interesting cross-blend between a mainstream and premium vehicle. Both the exterior and interior look visually stunning, tremendously increasing the car's curb appeal. Adding a turbocharged engine fixed the lack of pace, finally allowing the car to accelerate effortlessly like the premium item that Mazda billed it as. While we can't imagine too many shoppers seriously comparing it to an Audi, BMW, or Mercedes, the fact that those cars might pop into mind when thinking about a Mazda is an impressive feat on its own.

We do have some warnings though for those reading this Mazda 3 hatchback review. For good and for bad, the 3 feels like a grown-up car, even with the new turbocharged engine. It lacks the silly streak of a hot hatch, meaning buyers coming in from a Golf GTI or Hyundai Veloster N could be bored by the Mazda 3, as it's not really hot-hatch competition. This car is perfect for someone who's had their fun with a smaller or less comfortable hot hatchback and now wants a more mature vehicle with similar power, a nicer cabin, and sexy styling. Our hatchback preferences skew more towards the wacky and ridiculous, but if your tastes are more reserved and sophisticated, the 3 could be an interesting option.

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Mazda 3 Hatchback?

The base price of the Mazda 3 Hatchback range starts low with the S at an MSRP of $22,500. Interestingly, this is $1,200 less expensive than the cheapest 2020 model. Following this is the Select at $23,700, the Preferred at $25,350, and the Premium at $27,850. The base turbocharged model begins at $30,900, followed by the turbocharged Premium Plus at $33,750. These prices all exclude tax, licensing, registration, and a destination fee of $945. On the Select, Preferred, and Premium, upgrading from FWD to AWD will add $1,400 to the final bill. With all the little extras added on, the Mazda 3 Hatchback 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus will cost just over $40,000.

2021 Mazda 3 Hatchback Models

This year, the Mazda 3 Hatchback is offered in a choice of six configurations: 2.5 S, Select, Preferred, Premium, 2.5 Turbo, and 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus. The lower four trims all make use of a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine with 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. All models utilize a six-speed automatic transmission besides the Premium, which can also be equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. FWD is standard on all trims besides the top two trims which come with standard AWD.

The base S comes with LED headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, push-button ignition, cloth-trimmed seats, an eight-speaker sound system, and an 8.8-inch central color display.

The Select adds 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Moving up to the Preferred brings with it a gloss black front grille, power glass moonroof, illuminated vanity mirrors, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated front seats.

The well-specified Premium comes with a 12-speaker Bose sound system, paddle shifters for automatic variants, navigation, a head-up display, and traffic sign recognition.

The 2.5 Turbo is the first version to come with the more powerful engine but drops some of the Premium's features like traffic sign recognition. It does, however, add a heated steering wheel and gets a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror. All-wheel drive is standard from this trim.

Finally, the 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus combines all the Premium's features with the more powerful engine. It also adds perforated leather-trimmed seats, traffic jam assist, and a 360-degree monitor. Visually, it can be discerned by a standard aero package finished in black.

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Additional Packages

Mazda's upgrades for the 3 aren't too comprehensive bar one or two packages and a few accessories. On all but the top trim, the $2,000 Appearance Package adds darkened exterior trim pieces such as a black front air dam and black door mirror caps. Some standalone upgrades include side sill extensions ($475), a rear hatch spoiler ($400), and a wireless charging pad ($275). The turbocharged variants come with an additional Appearance Package at $1,900 which adds to the car's appearance with features like rear aero flares and side sill extensions. On the range-topping 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus, a less comprehensive Appearance Package costs $1,075.

🚗What Mazda 3 Hatchback Model Should I Buy?

Mazda's addition of a turbocharger finally matches the speed to the level of luxury inside, so that is the engine we'd opt for. As for what trim level of the Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo to buy, we prefer the standard trim rather than the pricier Premium Plus model. Even the base Mazda 3 with the turbo comes well-equipped at $30,900. Stepping up to the Premium Plus for $33,750 adds a few nice features such as a 360-degree camera, traffic jam assist, road sign recognition, and built-in navigation, but the turbocharged engine is pricey enough, and we'd show restraint to keep the Mazda 3 closer to $30,000.

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2021 Mazda 3 Hatchback Comparisons

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CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Mazda 3 Hatchback186 hp26/34 mpg$22,500
Mazda 3 Sedan 186 hp26/35 mpg$21,500
Mazda CX-3 148 hp29/34 mpg$20,640

2021 Mazda 3 Hatchback vs Mazda 3 Sedan

Naturally, both the 3 Sedan and Hatchback have much in common. Dynamically, they're each fun to drive and come with feature-packed, well-finished cabins. Their different body styles have an impact on practicality, though, as the sedan offers only 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space in comparison to the hatchback, which has over 20 cubes before folding down the seats. However, the sedan offers a bit more headroom for occupants at the back. While both the sedan and hatchback now offer the option of a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine at the top of the range, the sedan comes with an entry-level 2.0-liter engine that produces only 155 hp but drops the price down to a more wallet-friendly $20,500. Because of this, the sedan undercuts the hatchback by $2,000. Comparing apples with apples, the sedan is around $1,000 cheaper than the equivalent hatchback. Choosing between the two will depend on which body style better suits your needs.

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2021 Mazda 3 Hatchback vs Mazda CX-3

The CX-3 is one of the smaller crossovers on the market. In fact, it's even shorter and narrower than the 3 Hatchback. While both cars are offered with either front- or all-wheel-drive, only the 3 Hatchback has the option of a turbocharged engine, whereas the CX-3 has to make do with a rather gutless 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated engine churning out no more than 148 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque. It's clear that both vehicles came from the same stable, though, as they're more entertaining to drive than most rivals despite the rather sluggish base engines. Both also have well-crafted cabins that are more upscale than you'd expect at the price, but rear-seat space isn't generous in either according to our reviews. The 3 also has a bigger trunk than the CX-3, and isn't enhanced practicality supposed to be the point of a crossover? Both Mazdas are excellent cars, but we'd side with the more powerful 3 Hatchback if it came down to a choice between the two.

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