The 2022 Mazda3 is a compact car, but it has many traits not typically associated with value-oriented compact cars — poise, refinement, quality, and even driver engagement. It’s available in both sedan and hatchback forms, with standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive.
Starting at just $21,150, the entry point to the 2022 Mazda3 range is very affordable indeed. Stepping up to the range-topping Mazda3 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus trim and ticking the all the option boxes will run you about $36,035 not counting delivery fees. As the name indicates, you’ll get a 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with that top-line trim level. All-wheel drive is also included. There are no packages offered, as most of the equipment available is already part of the standard equipment for the 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus.
Here are some other features you’ll find on a fully loaded 2022 Mazda3:
Machine Gray Metallic paint: $695
Black leather interior: (included)
Frameless auto-dimming mirror with HomeLink: (included)
Rear lip spoiler in black: (included)
Door mirror caps: (included)
Wireless charging pad: $275
Illuminated door sill plates: $450
Cargo mat: $100
All-weather floor mats, high wall: $150
Windshield projected full-color Active Driving Display: (included)
8.8-inch center display with Mazda Connect infotainment: (included)
Bose 12-speaker audio system with Centerpoint 2 and AudioPilot: (included)
i-Activesense safety suite: (included)
Diving deeper into some of the headline features of the 2022 Mazda3:
2.5-Liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Engine
Don’t call it a Mazdaspeed, but the 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder in the 2022 Mazda3 is nearly worthy of the name, with 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque on tap when fed premium 93-octane fuel. Paired exclusively with a 6-speed automatic transmission and AWD in the 2022 Mazda3 2.5T Premium Plus, the punchy engine rises to the challenge of the eminently competent yet also comfortable chassis and suspension setup.
Plush, Luxurious Cabin
Despite being fast, fun-to-drive, and compact, the Mazda3’s cabin doesn’t skimp on the necessary creature comforts, except perhaps in the somewhat-short-on-legroom second row. The front seat is roomy even for taller adults, and the clean, classy dashboard design helps the Mazda3 feel more premium than its entry price might indicate. High-quality materials are used throughout, and their fit and assembly is top-notch.
Not at all common in the compact car segment, all-wheel drive can be a real asset in bad weather. This Mazda AWD system always sends a small amount of torque to the rear wheels for quicker response times, letting the computer decide when to engage the rear wheels fully.
Bose Audio System
The 12-speaker Bose audio system included with the 2022 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus is also available in the S Premium trim and the new-for-2022 Carbon Edition. Aluminum speaker grilles give the Bose system a look as premium as its sound.