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The Mazda3 is a compact car that is available as a sedan or hatchback. It is available with one of two engines: a standard four-cylinder or an upgraded turbocharged four-cylinder with standard all-wheel drive. The Mazda3 may not be as practical or efficient as some of its competitors, but it has one major advantage: it is a lot of fun to drive.

The Mazda3 Hatchback is hiding some surprises that will appeal to certain drivers, but it also has a few drawbacks. In this article, we will discuss the Mazda3 Hatchback’s highs and lows, as well as which types of drivers will appreciate its unique features. 

Highlighting the positive aspects of the Mazda3 Hatchback

Premium interior design and materials

The Mazda3 Hatchback has a premium interior design and high-quality materials. The interior is made up of terracotta leather and black suede. Other enhancements for 2024 include a new 10.3-inch infotainment display, which is only available on models equipped with the optional turbocharged engine.

Superior handling makes it fun to drive

The Mazda3 Hatchback’s exhilarating driving experience is one of its best-kept secrets. It creates an exhilarating journey for the driver with precise steering, a firm but forgiving suspension, and engine options that offer a little more power that makes the driving experience that much more enjoyable.

An ideal mix of powertrain options:

According to the Mazda website, the Mazda3 comes with two engines, starting with a 191-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder. This engine is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. A turbocharged 2.5-liter with 250 horsepower is available, but only on the most expensive Turbo trims.

If buyers stick with front-wheel drive, they can get a six-speed manual transmission. Choosing the all-wheel drive system, on the other hand, necessitates a six-speed automatic transmission.

Where there is room for improvement

Even the most popular vehicles have their drawbacks, and the Mazda3 Hatchback is no exception. Here are a few areas where the company could focus on for improvement.

Rear visibility:

The hatchback’s rear window compromises visibility due to its bulbous nature. To be fair, this is a problem for most hatchbacks of this size.

The Turbo model is automatic only

It seems like a huge miss not to make the turbo model a manual. The addition of a manual option would appeal to drivers who prioritize performance.

Who would be interested in the Mazda3 Hatchback?


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The Mazda3 Hatchback is an ideal match for a few types of people, let’s explore a couple potential owners.

The ‘Mysterious Aficionado’

For those seeking a thrilling driving experience with elegance, performance, and a touch of luxury, the Mazda3 Hatchback is the perfect companion. It’s the ride of choice for those with an eye for aesthetics, a need for superior handling, and an affinity for the subtle luxury concealed within a compact hatchback.

The ‘Urban Infiltrator’

The Mazda3 Hatchback maneuvers with grace through the maze of city streets. Its small size and agile handling make it ideal for urban operations, navigating the concrete jungle with tact and finesse.

The ‘Tech Lover’

A standard 8.8-inch infotainment display looks even larger than it is, thanks to a nicely designed bezel that floats between two. Turbo models have a larger, 10.3-inch display. The infotainment interface is simple to use on either screen and is controlled solely by a rotary knob on the console. Although Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, a 12-speaker Bose stereo system and SiriusXM satellite radio are optional.

The Mazda3 Hatchback is a surprising blend of elegance, performance, and modernity in the compact hatchback realm. While its upscale interior and impressive handling may appeal to the most discerning drivers, the everyday driver will find those same features intuitive and easy to navigate.