The 2021 Mazda3 is getting a nice power upgrade thanks to the addition of the brand’s 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s already offered in the CX-5, CX-9 and Mazda6.
The turbocharged engine packs up to 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque with 93 octane fuel. That rating drops to 227 hp and 310 lb-ft. if you put in 87 octane fuel. Before you think of this as a successor to the much loved Mazdaspeed 3, you’ll want to know that it really isn’t. Although the turbocharged engine sends its power to all four wheels, it’s only available with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Besides the more powerful engine, the turbocharged Mazda3 sedan and hatchback don’t look that different than the rest of the lineup, since the biggest additions are the Turbo badge and larger exhaust tips. The turbocharged Mazda3 sedan does get a blacked-out grille and a different front bumper though.
The Mazda3 2.5 Turbo comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Bose 12-speaker audio system, an 8.8-inch display, a head-up display, power moonroof, heated front seats and the i-Activesense safety suite.
If you step up to the 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo with Premium Plus Package you get a gloss black rear lip spoiler on the sedan, while the hatchback gets a gloss black rear roof spoiler and front air dam. It also adds leather seats, Rear Smart City Brake Support with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, a 360 degree view monitor, front and rear parking sensor and Traffic Jam Assist that works with the adaptive cruise control to provide steering inputs at speeds under 40 mph.
Mazda has not announced the pricing for the 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo.
At the other end of the spectrum, the 2021 Mazda3 now comes standard with a 155-hp Skyactiv 2.0-liter engine, while the 186-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder is optional. The naturally aspirated 2.5-liter is also available with all-wheel drive.