2021 Mazda 3

MSRP $20,650 - $32,450

Ranked #4 in Compact Sedan

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2021 Mazda 3 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Mazda 3 sedan competes in a very competitive compact sedan segment and offers the fun to drive and sporty appeal that lacks in what is a mundane and daily driver segment. Mazda offers an impressive range of four-cylinder engines that range from being frugal to being very potent. The interior and exterior designs are one of the best in the segment and the premium materials and build quality along with the available AWD makes it stand out in the segment. 

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Pros

Attractive exterior design 

Sharp handling and driving dynamics

Premium cabin design and materials quality

Potent and efficient engine options

Available all-wheel drive

Cons

Lack of manual transmission 

Average trunk space

Limited rear-seat legroom

What's New?

New driver assistance features

Two new engine options


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$20650

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

131 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

155 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

150 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.6/10.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

107.3 in.

length

183.5 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

3071 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

92.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.2 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.1 sec.

zero to 100 mph

14.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

169 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/32/36 mpg

highway range

475.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$20,650 onwards

  • 60/40-Split folding rear seats
  • 8.8-Inch infotainment display
  • Eight-Speaker audio system
  • Led headlights
  • Rain-Sensing wipers

S$21,500 onwards

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay

Select$22,700 onwards

  • Blind-Spot monitor
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Simulated leather upholstery

Preferred$24,350 onwards

  • Heated Front Seats
  • Power-Adjustable driver's seat with memory settings
  • Sunroof

Premium$26,850 onwards

  • Exterior lighting with adaptive headlights
  • Head-Up display
  • Integrated navigation system
  • Paddle shifters

Premium Plus$32,450 onwards

  • Parking sensors
  • Surround-View camera system
  • Trunklid spoiler
  • Universal Garage Door Opener

Colors and Styles

2021 Mazda 3 in Deep Crystal Blue color
Deep Crystal Blue

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.9

Competition

8.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


Amongst the more affordable and frugal rivals, Mazda hasn’t managed to garner large sales volumes in the recent past, but with a complete overhaul as recent as the 2019 model year and the addition of new-age driver aids for the 2021 model year, it is all set to offer immense value to its buyers. The prices begin at an MSRP of $21,645 as it competes against the stalwarts like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, and Kia Forte

2021 Mazda 3 Sedan Front View
2021 Mazda 3 Sedan Rear View

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2021 Mazda 3 Features

The 2021 Mazda 3 is offered in four major trims with the base trim available with the larger 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine as well for an added premium of just $1,000 which is standard on the other trims. Apart from the base trim, all other trims also offer an optional AWD system which is pretty for the segment. There are plenty of features loaded from lower down the trim ladder and the higher trims add more convenience and premium features to the mix. 

Trims

Base 2.0

Select

Preferred

Premium

MSRP (FWD)

$21,645

$23,845

$25,495

$27,995

MSRP (RWD)

-

$25,245

$26,895

$29,395

Key Features

Dusk Sensing LED Headlamps

2.5L, 186 hp & 186 lb-ft inline-4 engine

8 -Way Power Driver Seat

Adaptive Front-lighting System

 

Lane Departure Warning

Blind Spot Warning

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

3 Months Of Paid Satellite Radio Service

 

8-speaker audio system 

Leather Steering Wheel

Multi-Level Heating Front Seats

12-speaker Bose audio system 

 

Adaptive Cruise Control

Dual Zone Front Climate Control

Black Metallic-finish Front Grille

Power-sliding Glass Sunroof 

 

Rear View Camera

Hands-Free Entry

 

Leather Upholstery

 

Cloth Upholstery

Leatherette Upholstery

   
 

Tilt And Telescopic Steering Wheel

18-inch Alloy Wheels

   
 

16-inch Alloy Wheels

     

Which trim should you buy?

Although the higher trims add a lot of creature comforts to the mix, it also appreciates the cost quite a bit. Therefore, it is recommended to opt for the Select trim which is also the most popular trim, as it is powered by a larger and powerful engine and also offers a lot of functionality. 

2021 Mazda 3 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Mazda has always prioritized performance in almost all their cars and with the new age high-performance focus, the 2021 Mazda 3 sedan now can be had with a choice of 3 different engines. The base 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine is rated for a modest 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque, while the larger 2.5-liter unit produces 186 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. The more potent 2.5-liter turbo-4 generates a thumping 227 hp and 310 lb-ft, and all the engines are paired up with a 6-speed automatic transmission which powers the front wheels as standard. 

2021 Mazda 3 Sedan Engine Bay

The performance from the base engine is pretty decent as well, taking just over 8 seconds to achieve 60 mph. The 2.5-liter engine however manages to do the same in about 7 seconds while the turbocharged engine does a 0-60 mph sprint in blistering quick 6.1 seconds. A manual transmission is offered with the Mazda 3 hatchback but that is not the case with the sedan. No matter the powertrain, the top speed is limited to 130 mph for all the trims. 

Model

Mazda 3 Base 2.0

Honda Civic LX

Hyundai Elantra SE IVT

Toyota Corolla L

MSRP

$21,645

$22,265

$20,655

$21,020

Engine

2.0L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

1.8L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

CVT

CVT

CVT

Power

155 hp @ 6,000 rpm

158 hp @ 6,500 rpm

147 hp @ 6,200 rpm

139 hp @ 6,100 rpm

Torque

150 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

138 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm

132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

126 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

8.1

8.2

8.4

9.0

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.0

16.3

16.5

17.0

Top Speed (mph)

122

119

119

114

The 2021 Mazda is one of the more affordable compact sedans and yet does not compromise much in terms of performance as well. The Hyundai Elantra is the most affordable sedan here but the lack of power results in slightly slower acceleration performance. That being said, the Toyota Corolla is the slowest of the lot due to the underpowered engine on offer. Honda Civic is the priciest one here but it too is marginally slower than the Mazda.

How does the 2021 Mazda 3 Sedan handle?

Mazda has a great reputation for building sporty everyday cars at affordable prices, but in wake of making the car more rounded, the Mazda 3 has lost the youthful charm that it once had. No doubt the car is still pretty fun to drive, it loses out its edge over the cars like the Honda Civic Si and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. 

2021 Mazda 3 Sedan Front Angle View

The steering offers a decent amount of feedback is light and direct in calibration which although makes it easy to drive in city traffic doesn’t offer much weight at high speeds. The suspension is very well tuned and is comfortable in most driving conditions. The chassis is pretty agile and stays composed in the corners, but the standard tires struggle for grip and the base engine feels underpowered and the driver feels left wanting for more grunt. 

2021 Mazda 3 Braking Performance

The 2021 Mazda 3 employs large disc brakes on all four corners and does a great job of stopping the car at a solid braking distance of 112 feet in the 60-0 mph panic situation.

2021 Mazda 3 Sedan Wheel

In spite of the Mazda 3 weighing over 3,000 lbs, the braking performance is pretty good. The brake pedal feels firm and is progressive as well, making it easy to judge the braking in daily driving conditions.

Model

Mazda 3

Honda Civic

Hyundai Elantra

Toyota Corolla

Brake Rotors - Front (in)

11.0

11.1

11.0

10.8

Brake Rotors - Rear (in)

10.4

10.2

8.0

10.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,071

2,771

2,868

2,910

60-0 mph (ft)

112

113

125

115

Honda Civic is the lightest sedan here and employs decent-sized brake rotors which result in an exceptional braking performance that is on par with the Mazda. The Toyota Corolla weighs a bit more than the Civic and also has smaller brakes, which translates to a longer braking distance of about 2 feet. The Hyundai Elantra struggles in this regard as it has the longest stopping distance of the segment. 

2021 Mazda 3 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The base engine may not offer great performance but is pretty frugal in nature, returning 31 mpg in combined city and highway driving conditions. The larger 2.5-liter engine is rated for 26/35/30 in the city/highway/combined conditions while the mighty turbo-4 engine is rated for 23/32/27 by the EPA. The 13.2-gallon fuel tank is decent for the segment and offers a driving range of over 350 miles even with the less frugal 2.5-liter turbocharged engine. 

Model

Mazda 3

Honda Civic

Hyundai Elantra

Toyota Corolla

MPG (City)

28

30

33

30

MPG (Highway)

36

38

43

38

MPG (Combined)

31

33

37

33

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

13.2

12.4

14.0

13.2

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

370 / 475 / 419

372 / 471 / 409

462 / 602 / 518

396 / 502 / 436

Even the base and least powerful engine of the Mazda 3 sedan isn’t even close to the frugality offered by its rivals. The Hyundai Elantra is by far the most frugal one in the segment and the larger gas tank results in a class-leading driving range of about 500 miles on a single tank of gas. Both the Honda Civic and Corolla have identical fuel efficiency ratings but the Civic needs more frequent visits to the gas station due to the marginally smaller fuel tank capacity. 

2021 Mazda 3 Interior

8.0/10

The cabin of the Mazda 3 feels extremely premium, especially for a compact sedan. Most of the touchpoints are either made of soft-touch plastics or are covered in leather, and the build quality too is on par with the Germans. The design is simple and elegant and is one of the most appealing cabins in the segment, if not the most attractive one. The seats are very comfortable and supportive and the perforated leather upholstery on the Premium trim feels just exceptional. 

2021 Mazda 3 Sedan Front Seats

In terms of cabin space, at the front people of all sizes can fit in rather comfortably and although we understand it is a compact sedan, the space at the back is pretty limited. The legroom is tight and taller passengers will find it difficult for one long journey. The trunk capacity too is just average for the segment at 13.2 cu-ft but rear seats can be folded down when needed. The cabin storage spots are limited and not the best and the base trim even misses out on the rear center armrest with cup holders, while the sunglasses holder in the overhead compartment is limited to just the top trims. 

Model

Mazda 3

Honda Civic

Hyundai Elantra

Toyota Corolla

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

38.0 / 55.7 / 42.3

39.3 / 57.0 / 42.3

40.6 / 56.5 / 42.3

38.3 / 54.0 / 42.0

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

37.3 / 53.5 / 35.1

37.1 / 55.0 / 37.4

37.3 / 55.6 / 38.0

37.1 / 51.7 / 34.8

Trunk Capacity (cu-ft)

13.2

15.1

14.2

13.1

Both the Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla offer similar cabin and luggage space with hardly any differences between the two. Hyundai Elantra feels the most spacious here, offering plenty of headroom and legroom for both the front seat and rear seat occupants. That being said, the Honda Civic has a pretty similarly sized cabin but offers class-leading boot space. Though none of the rivals offer the build and materials quality as good as the Mazda 3.

  • 8-way power driver seat with power lumbar support and 2-position memory
  • Heated Front Sport Seats
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Fold Forward Rear Seat
  • Leather Seat Trim and Leatherette Upholstered Dashboard & Door Trim Insert
  • Tilt/Telescoping Leather Steering Wheel
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Head-Up Display

What’s there to keep you entertained in the 2021 Mazda 3?

Mazda offers the vertically oriented 8.8-inch infotainment system as standard across the range and that is a great thing for low-budget buyers. And although this variant of Mazda connects ditches the touchscreen controls, the rotary control with control buttons is fairly intuitive to use.

2021 Mazda 3 Sedan Infotainment Display

Though the lack of colors in the system makes it feel dated, the list of standard features is pretty impressive. The navigation system is an optional extra for $450 even with the Premium trim and the Bose audios system is really the greatest as well. 

  • 8.8-inch MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system
  • 12-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • SiriusXM satellite radio w/3-month trial subscription
  • Mazda navigation system w/3-year Traffic and Travel Link trial
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • HD Radio and Pandora internet radio
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming
  • Voice command and mobile 911 automatic emergency notification

2021 Mazda 3 Exterior

9.0/10

The smooth and flowing curves that embody Mazda’s Kodo "Soul of Motion" design language provides a very clean and classy appeal to the car.

2021 Mazda 3 Sedan Side View

The sleek headlights and large front grille look striking. The chrome trim, larger 18-inch bright finish alloy wheels, moonroof, and adaptive headlights all add the premium feel of the car. 

Model

Mazda 3

Honda Civic

Hyundai Elantra

Toyota Corolla

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,071

2,771

2,868

2,910

Length (in)

183.5

182.7

184.1

182.3

Width (in)

70.7

70.9

71.9

70.1

Height (in)

56.9

55.7

55.7

56.5

Ground Clearance (in)

5.5

6.5

5.3

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

107.3

106.3

107.1

106.3

The Honda Civic is one of the smaller sedans of the segment and is also the lightest, the Hyundai Elantra is the longest and widest in this comparison. The longer wheelbase of the Elantra opens up more space on the inside. The Civic has the highest ground clearance to offer while the Toyota Corolla rides the lowest to the ground. 

  • Automatic Projector Beam LED Auto-Leveling, Directionally Adaptive, Auto High-Beam, Daytime Running Lights Preference Setting Headlamps
  • LED Brakelights
  • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Power Side Mirrors w/Tilt Down and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Black Grille, Side Windows Trim, and Front Windshield Trim
  • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Sunroof w/Sunshade
  • 18-inch Bright Finish Alloy Wheels

2021 Mazda 3 Safety

9.9/10

Mazda has always been at the forefront in terms of the safety provided and the 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and the “Top Safety Pick+” award from the IIHS is a testament to that. Add to that the additional new age driver aids that Mazda has added for the 2021 model year, the 3 has become safer than ever. There are plenty of safety and driver assistance features on offer, most of which are standard across the lineup, a highlight of which is listed below. 

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Driveline Traction Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Smart Brake Support (SBS)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Back-Up Camera

2021 Mazda 3 Competition

8.0/10

2021 Mazda 3 Sedan vs Honda Civic

The market favorite of the segment, the Honda Civic is one of the biggest rivals for Mazda 3 from its homeland. While the 3 sedan is more affordable than the Civic with very little difference between the two in terms of performance and handling, the Civic is more frugal and reliable.

2021 Honda Civic

The cabin is more spacious and the Civic also has a larger trunk on offer. That being said, Mazda offers a more premium cabin with plenty of features on offer. Therefore, it is a matter of priorities, if space is more important than features and quality, Civic is the one for you.

2021 Mazda 3 Sedan vs Hyundai Elantra

The low cost and feature loaded nature of Hyundai Elantra has created quite a fan following for itself in the market. The acceleration performance is pretty much similar to the Mazda but the fuel efficiency is the best in the market.

2021 Hyundai Elantra

The Mazda 3 has a more premium cabin and superior braking performance, the Hyundai Elantra is far more spacious. Since the compact segment is all about affordability and value, Hyundai Elantra seems like a logical choice between the two.

2021 Mazda 3 Sedan vs Toyota Corolla

Another crowd favorite and fellow Japanese rival, the Toyota Corolla signifies dependability and safety to many buyers all over the world. And although the Corolla is marginally less expensive than the Mazda 3, the Mazda offers much impressive acceleration and braking performance.

2021 Toyota Corolla

The Corolla has frugality going for it, but the 3 offers a bit more spacious rear seat and a well built premium cabin with plenty of technology and safety features on offer. Therefore, in our opinion the Mazda 3 offers more value for money than the Corolla. 

2021 Mazda 3 Final Verdict

The Mazda 3 sedan has evolved a lot over the years and although it has created a special place in the heart of the purists, it struggles to excel in any particular aspect. Though the cabin has a premium design and build, the space is limited at the rear. The base engine isn’t very entertaining and the more potent engines hikes the prices up and further reduces frugality. Therefore, the 2021 Mazda 3 is what we like to call the jack of all trades, but master of none. 

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