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2021 Mazda 3 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 17, 2020

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The 2021 Mazda 3 Sedan is the Japanese role model when it comes to simple, beautiful, affordable and fun mid-size sedans. With prices starting just above $21,700, the Mazda still faces some tough competition from its Japanese and Korean rivals. It comes equipped with all the features one might expect, an updated infotainment screen, advanced driver assistance features, and two brand-new engine choices for 2021.

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This time, the base variant of the 3 sedans will get a 2.0-liter engine as standard, while the top models will have the option of a turbocharged 2.5L powertrain making 250 hp. Prices of 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo Sedan will start at $29,900. There will also be other changes in the packages offered with the compact sedan.


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Pros

Superb handling

250 hp turbocharged engine

Quality interiors

Splendid design

Cons

Cramped second row seats

Compromised cargo area

What's New?

The 2021 Mazda 3 comes with a total of three engine options including a larger turbocharged unit making 250 hp.

Other upgrades are limited to advanced driver aids and aesthetics with blacked out inserts for the top trim turbo models


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Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.9

Competition

8.6

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Mazda 3 Base

Base

power
N/A
fuel
N/A
mpg
combined

$20,500 - $29,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $20,500 MSRP TBD TBD
TBD TBD TBD
4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $29,900 MSRP TBD TBD
N/A N/A N/A

2021 Mazda 3 S

S

power
186 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$21,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $21,500 MSRP (24/27/32) 186 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

2021 Mazda 3 Select Package

Select Package

power
186 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$22,700 - $24,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Select 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $22,700 MSRP (24/27/32) 186 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Select 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $24,100 MSRP (24/27/32) 186 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Mazda 3 Preferred Package

Preferred Package

power
186 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$24,350 - $25,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Preferred 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $24,350 MSRP (24/27/32) 186 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Preferred 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,750 MSRP (24/27/32) 186 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Mazda 3 Premium Package

Premium Package

power
186 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$26,850 - $28,250


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,850 MSRP (24/27/32) 186 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $28,250 MSRP (24/27/32) 186 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.5 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

2021 Mazda 3 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
N/A
fuel
N/A
mpg
combined

$32,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Plus 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $32,450 MSRP TBD TBD
N/A N/A N/A

Expert Review

8.1

Overall Rating


The Mazda 3 faces competition from many cars in this segment. Of them, the most prominent being Honda Civic, Kia Forte, and Hyundai Elantra. It seems to win as we compare the spec-sheet with more power for a lower price, but the Civic and Forte put up a fight by offering more features, better mileage, and more space inside the cabin.

Then again, the Mazda 3 sedan also has to prove itself better than its hatchback version. As we know, the sedan costs around $2,000 less than the hatchback version. Only, the Mazda 3 five-door is built on the same platform, gets just as many features, but offers a lot more practicality and usability which is missing from the four-door compact sedan.

2021 Mazda 3 Sedan has a sporty front
2021 Mazda 3 Sedan gets dual tail pipes

7.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

8.6/10
Competition


2021 Mazda 3 Features

7.5/10

The Mazda 3 sedan's trim levels comprise four options: Base, Select, Preferred and Premium. The 3 sedan comes with the i-ActivSense safety features as standard in all trims, which includes Forward emergency braking, lane keeps assist, automatic high beam headlights with adaptive cruise control. The base trim starts at $21,700 with the Premium trim extending up to $28,000.

Model

Base

Select

Preferred

Premium

MSRP (FWD) (Estd)

$21,700

$22,700

$24,200

$26,500

MSRP (AWD) (Estd)

N/A

$24,100

$25,600

$27,900

Key Features

Daytime Running Lights

Adds/Upgrades to Base

Adds/Upgrades to Select

Adds/Upgrades to Preferred

 

16-inch Alloy Wheels

Apple CarPlay

8-way Power-adjustable Driver's Seat

Windshield-project Active Driving Display

 

Body-colored, Dual-folding, Power Side Mirrors

18-inch Aluminum Alloy Wheels

Side Mirror Memory Adjustment

Distance Pacing Cruise Control

 

i-ActivSense Driver Assist

Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Power-sliding Glass Moonroof 

 

Adaptive Cruise Control 

Body-colored, Folding, Heated, Power Side Mirrors w/Integrated Turn Signals

Black Metallic-finish Front Grille

Adaptive Front-lighting System

 

Blind-spot Monitoring

Dual-zone Automatic Climate Control System

Illuminated Visor Vanity Mirrors

Paddle Shifters

 

Rain-sensing Windshield Wipers

Android Auto

Variable Heated Front Seats

Leather-trimmed Sport Seats

 

8.8-inch Center Display

Leather-finish Interior

 

 

The Base trim, priced at $21,700, comes with plenty of features as standard, like an 8.8-inch infotainment unit and rain-sensing wipers. Mazda’s i-ActivSense Driver Assist now comes as standard in all trims. The Select trim comes next at $22,700 for the FWD and $24,100 for the AWD version. It gets the same 8.8” infotainment setup but with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with 18” alloy wheels as standard. It also gets dual-zone climate control along with the keyless entry.

The Mazda 3 Sedan's prices start at under $22,000 

The Preferred trim lies above the Select and is priced at $24,200 for the FWD and $25,600 for the AWD. It gets 8-way power-adjustable seats, power sunroof, and a bigger 186 hp 2.5L engine which can be opted along with the all-wheel-drive transmission. The Premium trim adds more luxury at $26,500 for the FWD and $27,900 for the AWD. It gets the most powerful engine, a 2.5L 250hp turbocharged Inline-4 which can also be opted with a 6-speed manual, although only with FWD setup. It has other features like leather sports seats and an adaptive lighting system.

2021 Mazda 3 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Mazda is known for making some of the most reliable, cost-effective, and fun to drive cars since the ’60s. The Mazda 3 has been taking this legacy forward since 2014, and even the 2020 Mazda 3 looked promising with its 78 points overall rating by J.D. Power. So we can expect even better scores for the 2021 version which is yet to be rated. The Mazda has the kind of reliability that is on par with the Honda Civic. Some might say even better than Kia and Hyundai.

How Reliable is the Mazda 3, and how much is its Ownership Cost?

The Mazda 3 is a cheap and reliable sedan that puts many luxury cars to shame because of its low price tag and the features it offers. The maintenance cost for the Mazda 3 lies around $300 for a year and insurance lies around $800 for a year. Its parts are easily available and cheap, so breakdowns don’t hurt much. But this doesn’t mean they happen often.

Rating Category

Score (out of 100)

Overall Score

78

Quality and Reliability

74

Driving Experience

83

Resale

80

Dealership Experience

78

This Japanese company has always been for its reliability, and Mazda 3 comes with a refined and simple engine which makes it easy on the budget and hasslefree to work with. On average, the 2020 Mazda 3 Sedan’s Base trim costs about $21,700. The people from Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Atlanta, and Delaware enjoy the lowest prices as they have been exempted from the sales taxes.

Models Mazda 3 Honda Civic Kia Forte Hyundai Elantra

Washington

$20,657

$19,655 $14,888 $16,904

Florida

$20,750

$20,462 $16,083 $17,950

California

$22,022

$20,251 $16,129 $16,100

New Jersey

$20,980

$20,148 $18,374 $18,298

Arizona

$21,750

$20,148 $16,638 $16,915

In terms of the ownership costs, on an average, you will have to shell out nearly $23,115 in 5 years when you buy a brand-new Mazda 3 sedan. This is a little higher than its rivals in the segment. The Mazda 3 is known for its reliability but to keep the price low, Mazda has to make some compromises, some of which resulted in recalls. The latest recall being in 2020 for loose brake calipers which reduced the braking performance, and the 2nd one being in 2019 because of faulty automatic emergency braking which increased the risk of crashes. Though, Mazda addressed all the issues quickly by recalling the faulty units and doing the repairs free of cost. 

What is the Warranty offered on the Mazda 3?

While Mazda may not match Hyundai or some of its other rivals in terms of the warranty, it does live up to its reputation of being one of the most reliable brands in the industry owing to great warranty figures and roadside assistance packages. The carmaker offers a 24-hour emergency road service available in the United States valid during the 3-Year/36,000-Mile Limited Warranty term.

Criteria

Period

Limited warranty

3 years/ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

5 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hour roadside assistance

3 years/ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

The 3 sedan comes with the conventional warranty plans and cannot compete with the likes of the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte as they offer 10-year/100,000 miles of warranty for the powertrain and a limited warranty cover for 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. Mazda doesn’t even offer free maintenance which Hyundai offers for 3 years or 36,000 miles. The Mazda 3 sedan warranty plans lie similar to that of Honda, but here Elantra takes the lead.

What is the Miles Per Dollar cost of the Mazda 3?

The taxes and fees for the Mazda 3 lie at around $1,175 for the first year with an additional $75 for the coming years. Fuel costs on average lie around $1,200 and maintenance costs lie at $250 on average. The Mazda 3 will have an MPD (miles per dollar) ratio of 4.16. This means the Mazda 3 runs for 4.16 miles for every dollar you spend on it. This ratio is achieved by factoring all the running costs including taxes, insurance, fuel costs to the average distance covered in a year which comes to $3,600 and 15,000 miles respectively.

2021 Mazda 3 Buying Advice

We will recommend the Preferred trim from the 3 Sedan's lineup because it comes with best-in-class features, luxury, driving comfort and agility. The mileage is compromised due to increased drivability and response but still is sufficient enough to be your daily driver. The Mazda 3 has an overall score of 78 from J.D. Power reports which is quite good. Mazda’s driving experience and high resale value, along with the most powerful engine in the class, make it the top pick.

Should I Buy a Used Mazda 3?

The depreciation rate of almost all cars in this segment is similar for the first year. Mazda 3 tends to lose between 12% to 15% of its value in the first year which comes out to be about $3,500. The maintenance cost for the Mazda 3 is low and the parts often come cheap, and the vehicle offers huge aftermarket support which makes it a nice option in the list of your used cars. A used Mazda 3 may be old and still cost a lot, but these cars are reliable and should run for an average of 10 years without causing you any worry.


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2021 Mazda 3 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Mazda 3 comes with three different options under the hood for 2021. The base trim gets a new 2.0L inline-4 producing 155hp and 150lb-ft. of torque. On the Select and Preferred trims, there's the same 2.5L, 186hp inline-4 with AWD as optional. Lastly, the Premium comes up as the most powerful one, with the same 2.5L inline-4 but turbocharged motor producing 250hp and a six-speed manual unit!

2021 Mazda 3 will get a new turbocharged engine making 250 hp

But before you start rejoicing, the manual gearbox is limited only to the FWD variants. If you live in a place where its predictive i-Activ AWD setup would do you a lot more favors, the six-speed automatic is the only choice you'll have. Although, that should still be a good enough reason to celebrate as that turbocharged 2.5L would definitely perform and sound the best among all the variants.

Models

2021 Mazda 3 Sedan (Expected)

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Kia Forte

2021 Hyundai Elantra (Expected)

MSRP

$21,700

$22,250

$20,490

$22,000

Engine

2.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

1.5L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

Power 

186hp@6,000rpm

158hp@6,500rpm

147hp@6,200rpm

147hp@6,200rpm

Torque 

186lb-ft@4,000rpm

138lb-ft@4,200rpm

132lb-ft@4,500rpm

132lb-ft@4,500rpm

The Mazda 3 wins in terms of sheer performance for the best price. Its Base trim is only a little ahead in the race but the 2.5L turbocharged Inline-4 outperforms all the other cars in the comparison by a league. The 186hp motor was already the most powerful, as it is. With two new powertrain choices in the mix, this compact sedan has only expanded its potential. 

How impressive is the 2021 Mazda 3's Acceleration and Braking Performance?

The mid-trim Mazda 3 gets the SkyactiveG inline-4 producing around 186 HP and 186lb-ft of torque. It comes fixed with the six-speed automatic transmission. For street driving, this engine has shown its reliability over the years. The Mazda 3 does 0-60 MPH in 8.1 seconds which makes it one of the quickest of the lot.

Mazda 3 Sedan accelerates from 0-60 MPH In 8.1 sec

If that's not enough, its top speed of 131 miles per hour also makes it the fastest car in this segment of compact sedans. Now, its performance should only improve with turbo-four. Then again, the car is not a gas-guzzler either. And even if it is, there will be a smaller 2.0L naturally-aspirated motor that will be even more frugal.

Models

2021 Mazda 3 Sedan (Expected)

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Kia Forte

2021 Hyundai Elantra (Expected) 

0-60 MPH

8.1 sec

8.2 sec

8.2 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.0 sec

16.3 sec

16.3 sec

16.2 sec

Top Speed

131 MPH

119 MPH

129 MPH

116 MPH

60-0 MPH

122 ft

113 ft

125 ft

125 ft

Kia Forte's 0-60 MPH time of 8.2 seconds makes it as quick as the Honda Civic. The Mazda also does well while braking with its second-shortest stopping distance of 122ft when braking from 60 MPH. Both Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra have a lot in common. This also shows in their stopping capabilities.

How well does the 2021 Mazda 3 Ride and Handle?

Mazda has certainly gained a reputation for producing one of the most fun to drive cars. The current-gen 3 sedan is much more refined than its previous iterations, probably even more than its elder sibling, the 2020 Mazda 6. We might have criticized the ride for its laggy acceleration, but this car is nothing less than a work of art on wheels. The Mazda 3 hugs the road as if it owns it, and glides with refinement. No drama whatsoever!

The Mazda 3 Sedan has extremely well-balanced driving dynamics

Its suspension setup puts all other competitors to shame, ironing out most bumps and inspiring confidence around most corners. The steering of the Mazda 3 is where the praises stutter a bit. It feels slow in its feedbacks, thus, making you a bit more thoughtful of your next move, which is not exactly a bad thing. Even with the new 250 hp motor, the ride quality will mostly remain unchanged.

2021 Mazda 3 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The fuel economy of a vehicle is a big factor if you’re looking for an affordable sedan. You will not be happy to know that the Mazda 3 does lack in the race in terms of mileage. As we know, more power and drivability uses more fuel, though the 3 sedan does well to offer enough fuel economy numbers in exchange. Although with the new 2.0L engine in the picture, this compact sedan will be able to improve its image as a mile-muncher.

Models

2021 Mazda 3 Sedan (Expected)

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Kia Forte

2021 Hyundai Elantra (Expected) 

MPG (City)

26

29

27

32

MPG (Highway)

35

37

37

42

MPG (Combined)

30

32

31

36

Fuel Capacity 

13.2 gallons

12.4 gallons

14.0 gallons

14.0 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

343/462/356 miles

360/459/397 miles

378/518/434 miles

462/574/504 miles

The Mazda 3, with its ongoing 186 hp motor, gets an estimated mileage of 30 MPG in mixed driving scenarios, which is not at all lower than the estimated mileage of all the cars in the segment. Looking at the rivals, the all-new for 2021, Hyundai Elantra, provides the best-in-class range due to its extremely efficient engine. Even the Kia Forte has an equally large 14.0-gallon fuel tank but is not as efficient overall.

2021 Mazda 3 Interior

8.0/10

The Mazda 3 sedan’s interior feels nice and welcoming. Inside, the base model gets black-clothed seats, while the other trims get leather seating in four different color choices. The door panel is also covered in leather with nice stitching details with one-touch automatic window controls. The seats are 8-way power adjusting seats with 2-way lumbar, and also feature two-person memory seating. Sadly, the choice of Bose speakers has been taken away now.

Mazda 3 boasts one of the quietest cabins in the segment

Instead, you get a power sunroof as an option, so that's that. You also get a push-button start as standard in all trims. The dashboard is covered in nice soft-touch leather wrapped with contrast color stitching. The steering wheel is an electrically-assisted one, with manual tilt and telescoping. It is also covered with leather in a refreshed design with aluminum-finish buttons. The armrest has nice storage spaces, and comes with a USB port and a 12V outlet with wireless charging as optional.

Models

2021 Mazda 3 Sedan (Expected)

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Kia Forte

2021 Hyundai Elantra (Expected) 

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.0/55.7/42.3

39.3/56.9/42.3

38.8/56.1/42.2

40.6/56.5/42.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.2/53.4/35.1

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.5/55.3/35.7

37.3/55.6/38.0

Attention to detail is the most prominent thing which makes Mazda 3 apart from its competitors. The interior space has some nice contrasting stitching, the dash design is refreshed from its previous gen, the armrest and the knee area are padded. Then again, the interior lighting has been improved over the previous models, and the CRI value is around 90% which is best in its segment. Various creature comfort features in the 2021 Mazda 3 Sedan are:

  • Start/Stop Push Button
  • 8-way driver adjustment seats
  • 60/40 foldable second-row seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and seats
  • Power sliding glass moonroof
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system
  • 12-volt power outlet

How’s the 2021 Mazda 3’s infotainment system?

The shape of the infotainment feels weird until you get used to it. The screen size 8.8” inch with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. You can operate it with voice commands or with the slick wheel controller near the armrest, which also comes with shortcut buttons. The on-screen menus are simple to use, and the icons and graphics are clear and bright. Even the SatNav is decent in which you can add waypoints form voice commands. 

Mazda 3 sedan comes standard with an 8.8-inch infotainment display

The gauges in the instrument clusters are digital in all trims, while you get a projection style head-up display in the top trims. Only the middle dial is digital, while the rev-counter, the temperature gauge, and the fuel gauges are analog. The knob, buttons, and switches are some of the best in the segment. They seem familiar to many luxury cars because of their tactile feedback. The infotainment system is easy to use and way better than it used to be, There’s no vagueness to it, and the way that the buttons are laid out is intuitive. Various infotainment features in the 2021 Mazda 3 Sedan are:

  • 8.8-inch infotainment system
  • Mazda Connect Infotainment System
  • 8-Speaker audio system with HD Radio
  • Optional 10-speaker Bose Sound system
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming

How much cargo can the 2021 Mazda 3 carry?

When one checks the 3 sedan's cargo volume, the car does disappoint at first. It offers a below-par 13.2 cu-ft of cargo space behind its second-row. Fold those seats down in a 60/40 fashion, and the Mazda 3 Sedan simply turns the tables around. On the inside too, you have a very nicely-sized storage compartment bang in the middle.

Models

2021 Mazda 3 (Expected)

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Kia Forte

2021 Hyundai Elantra (Expected)

Cargo Capacity 

13.2 cu-ft

15.1 cu-ft

15.3 cu-ft

14.2 cu-ft

There is plenty of storage up front, with a hidden storage compartment beneath the center console and cupholders for every passenger, just to mention a few. Loading and unloading luggage into the cargo space is fairly easy too. With a cargo-carrying capacity of 15.3 cu-ft, the Kia Forte stands tall in this department flaunting the best space in the segment. Although, once you fold the rear seats down, it's a completely different story, as Mazda leads the pack here.


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2021 Mazda 3 basic Sedan front seats
2021 Mazda 3 basic Sedan front seats
2021 Mazda 3 basic Sedan dashboard
2021 Mazda 3 basic Sedan rear seats
2021 Mazda 3 basic Sedan instrument

2021 Mazda 3 Exterior

9.0/10

The Mazda 3 is a wide and low car, and complementing its looks are the new led headlights and titanium mesh grill, which come standard in all trims. The sedan version of the Mazda 3 is about 8.0 inches longer than the hatchback, which makes it more sophisticated looking than its hatchback sibling. At the back, you get dual-tip exhaust outlets and LED taillights in every trim. On the turbo models, you get even bigger exhaust pipes.

The Mazda 3 Sedan has a very sedate exterior design 

While only the base trim gets 16” wheels, in other models we get 18” alloy chrome wheels with 11-inch and 10.4-inch disc brakes at the front and back respectively. Its mirrors are body-colored and come with power adjusting and blind-spot monitoring along with rear cross-traffic alert as standard. They are also auto-dimming. The turbocharged 3 sedan gest black side mirrors to set it apart. The top-trim comes with a smart entry system with remote start.

Models

2021 Mazda 3 Sedan (Expected)

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Kia Forte

2021 Hyundai Elantra (Expected) 

Curb Weight

3,071 lbs

2,874 lbs

2,707 lbs

N/A

Length

183.5"

182.7"

182.7"

184.1"

Width

70.7"

70.9"

70.9"

71.9"

Height

56.9"

55.7"

56.6"

55.7"

Ground Clearance

5.5"

N/A

5.3"

N/A"

Wheelbase

107.3"

106.3"

106.3"

107.1"

Outward visibility is not on the brighter side, with the Civic and Kia offering a better view to the driver. The Mazda 3 has the biggest disadvantage with the largest curb weight and still lesser length than its competitors, but offers the highest ground clearance and the longest wheelbase among the others. Honda Civic has the lowest curb weight adding to its faster accelerations and better handling. Notable exterior features of the 2021 Mazda 3 Sedan are:

  • LED headlamps and taillamps
  • LED DRLs with Auto On/Off headlamps
  • 16/18 inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Matte-finish front grille
  • Power sunroof
  • Black wheels
  • Black side mirrors
  • Black rear spoiler
2021 Mazda 3 basic Sedan front view
2021 Mazda 3 basic Sedan three quarter view
2021 Mazda 3 basic Sedan three quarter view
2021 Mazda 3 basic Sedan grille
2021 Mazda 3 basic Sedan left side view
2021 Mazda 3 basic Sedan wheel

2021 Mazda 3 Safety

9.9/10

The Mazda 3 excels in the safety department with a 5-star NHTSA rating and becoming the top safety pick chosen by IIHS. All the safety features now come standard in all trims which are equipped with the Mazda’s i-ActivSense Driver Assist. This is a huge leap forward.

The i-ActivSense suite of driver-assist feature is standard

Not many of its rivals are as well equipped as the 3 sedan when it comes to the safety of occupants. As we go up the trim table, Mazda also provides various active safety and driver assistance features including Active Driver Display and Adaptive Front-lighting System. Notable safety features in the 2021 Mazda 3 Sedan include:

  • Blind-spot Monitoring
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Mazda Connect Emergency SOS
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Automatic Emergency Braking

2021 Mazda 3 Competition

8.6/10

2021 Mazda 3 Vs Kia Forte

The Kia Forte wins against the Mazda 3 on some fronts. While the Kia offers better mileage and better warranty terms, Mazda offers a better driving response, more features, and much better safety.

2021 Kia Forte

Now, with two new engine choices, the 3 sedan can further dominate the Forte, be it in case of offering better mileage or more exhilarating performance. As it is, the Mazda is a lot more engaging.

2021 Mazda 3 Vs Honda Civic

When we compare the base trims of the Mazda 3 and the Honda Civic, the latter performs better in both performance and mileage. But as we move up, the Mazda 3’s Premium trim performs better than the Honda Civic Touring.

2021 Honda Civic

The Civic borrows some of its styling from its sportier sibling, the Type-R, which makes it look sleeker and better. But looks are subjective, and with a new titanium grille and redesigned rear, the low-riding Mazda 3 gives it a tough competition.

2021 Mazda 3 Final Verdict

The 2021 Mazda 3 sedan takes the legacy of the brand further with its fun to drive nature, sporty handling, well laid-out features, and nicely designed cabin. It does lack in some cases in competition with other cars, mainly as they offer better gas mileage for lesser money. Even the infotainment system on the Mazda seems rather dull and basic. The Bose upgraded speakers sounded nice but that option has been snatched away for 2021. However, the engine is the most refined and vigorous it's ever been, and the driver-assist and safety features earn the Mazda 3 a spot in your list of cars to consider in the sub-$22,000 range.


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2021 Mazda 3 Sedan Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Mazda Axela?

The Mazda 3 is a compact car manufactured by Mazda which is sold as Axela in Japan. The moniker is a combination of the words "accelerate" and "excellent". It was introduced in the early 2000s and is a more beefed-up version of the Mazda 3.

What is SkyActiv in Mazda?

Skyactiv technology aims to enhance every aspect of driving a vehicle. Be it an excellent fuel economy or enhanced performance, the SkyActiv technology is used to engineer every aspect of driving dynamics. From chassis design to engine and transmission technology, it is a smart way of how Mazda looks to make the driving experience much more involving.

Is Mazda 3 getting a turbocharged engine?

Yes, Mazda is introducing a 2.5L turbocharged engine for both the Mazda 3 hatchback and sedan. It is rated at an impressive 250 hp and 320 lb-ft and comes coupled to a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission and will have AWD as standard.

Is Mazda 3 Sedan AWD?

The 2021 Mazda 3 comes standard in an FWD configuration when coupled to either the 2.0L or 2.5L naturally aspirated engine. But an optional i-Activ AWD system is available for all the trims except the base.

Is Mazda 3 Sedan reliable?

Mazda just like all of the other Japanese counterparts doesn't compromise on reliability and it has been showcased in all of its offerings. The Mazda 3 sedan is no different and provides for easy-going consumer experience. J.D. Power Report has rated the Mazda 3 with an overall score of 78 out of 100. Apart from this, the 2021 Mazda 3 Sedan also provides with a wholesome warranty package that includes:

  • Basic Coverage Warranty of 3 year/36,000 mile (whichever is earlier)
  • The Powertrain coverage lasts of 5 year/60,000 mile (whichever comes first)
  • 24-hour roadside assistance lasts of 3 year/36,000 mile (whichever comes first)
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2021 Mazda 3 Overall Reviews


JL

Jeffrey J. Lightle

2020 Mazda 3

4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Premium quality

Pros - Comfortable, controls are user-friendly, and rear camera .

Cons - Rear legroom, front dash design

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

All about premium quality

8/10
Features
6/10
Interior
7/10
Design
8/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

DW

Donald B. Wynn

2020 Mazda 3

Select 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Mazda 3 AWD for safer driving experience

Pros - Better traction, better design, better driveability

Cons - Needs improvment in cargo space and rear seat backrest

Overall Review

7 /10 Overall Rating

Not many flaws in the driveability of Mazda 3 actually. Has AWD for better traction, comes with decent amount of power distributed to wheels, and has the best looking aerodynamic friendly design

8/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

JB

Joe M. Bousquet

2020 Mazda 3

4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

better than my previous Accord

Pros - Good Mileage, Easy to handle, Brakes.

Cons - 6 speed is also outdated

Overall Review

8 /10 Overall Rating

Has been handling like a dream and brakes are even more applauding. Maybe 6 speed transmission isn't the most modern but its gets the job done making it smooth while helping with the mpg too

8/10
Features
7/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

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9

User Overall Rating

Premium quality

All about premium quality

by Jeffrey J. Lightle

7

User Overall Rating

Mazda 3 AWD for safer driving experience

Not many flaws in the driveability of Mazda 3 actually. Has AWD for better traction, comes with decent amount of power distributed to wheels, and has the best looking aerodynamic friendly design

by Donald B. Wynn

8

User Overall Rating

better than my previous Accord

Has been handling like a dream and brakes are even more applauding. Maybe 6 speed transmission isn't the most modern but its gets the job done making it smooth while helping with the mpg too

by Joe M. Bousquet

9

User Overall Rating

Its an AWD sedan

Right when all wheels come to life thereby improving traction, driving in snow gets a lot better. I never hold back if braking is the need of moment knowing wheels will take it

by Brian L. Holgate

9

User Overall Rating

Quiet ride on the road.

In winters, it easily drives and sustains on the road by using the AWD option. Right when all wheels come to life thereby improving traction, driving in snow gets a lot better.

by Earnest T. Adair

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