Review: 2023 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus AWD Hatchback

Published on 5/25/2023 1:53:47 PM

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The Mazda3 is an aspirational premium compact that competes with stalwarts in the segment while chasing near-luxury offerings. Available as a four-door hatchback and sedan, the Mazda3 offers a sporty driving experience with an interior that is unmatched in its class. With prices ranging from $22,550 for the base model (2.5 S sedan) to $35,300 for the top-of-the-line 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus hatchback with AWD, the Mazda3 may find itself at comparable prices to larger sedans—think of it as a compact with near-luxury moves and you wouldn’t be far off. Our evaluation will focus primarily on the top-of-the-line 2023 Mazda3 hatchback.


The Mazda3, both in current and past incarnations, has exhibited spiffy styling that has made it among the better-looking compacts in the American market. The latest Mazda3 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus hatchback takes that a step further within the 3 series by adding an aggressive front air dam with air guides, along with a more pronounced rear hatch spoiler. Complementing the look is a set of black 18-inch alloy wheels, which happen to be standard across several of the higher trim levels. Common among Mazdas — something that the brand has been exploiting for several years already — is that the hues can be quite stunning, especially for its class; the gorgeous Soul Red Crystal metallic of our test car may be purely cosmetic, but it elicited positive comments from random strangers wherever you go. Another feature that also seems to reflect upscale aspirations are the adaptive headlights. While driving, the headlights swivel up to 15 degrees based on steering input to light the road ahead. If you want to amuse yourself, you can start the car while facing a wall and watch the adaptive headlights wiggle.