The base Mazda3 2.0 Sedan comes with a long list of standard features, including LED headlights and taillights, 16-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry and ignition, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, an audio system with eight speakers, HD radio, an 8.8-inch infotainment display and two USB ports. Also standard are automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.
The 2.5 S trim is offered in sedan or hatchback body styles. Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, simulated leather seats, dual-zone climate control, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2.5 is eligible for option packages that add even more features. The 2.5 Select comes with all-wheel drive, while the 2.5 S Preferred adds a power sunroof. The 2.5 S Premium features a Bose audio system with 12 speakers and satellite radio.
The Mazda3 2.5 Turbo trim includes paddle shifters, a head-up display, heated front seats, and simulated leather seats. The 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus package adds genuine leather upholstery, a 360-degree overhead monitor, the Bose audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio and navigation.
The automotive media consistently gives the Mazda3 high marks. Kelley Blue Book writes: “Although the 2021 Mazda3 sedan and hatchback are priced on the lower end of the spectrum, they exude a premium feel, and there’s obvious attention to detail inside the 5-seat cabin. We also like the exterior style of the Mazda3, which manages to look dynamic without being heavy-handed.”
The 2021 Mazda three was awarded the IIHS’s highest Top Safety Pick+ rating, with the best score of Good for all crash tests. The NHTSA gave the Mazda3 an overall safety rating of five out of five stars.