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If you are looking for a great car for commuting or a vehicle that is ideal for a first-time driver, then the 2022 Mazda3 is perfect for you. Mazda offers the Mazda3 in two styles. There is a stylish Mazda3 compact sedan with plenty of room for up to five passengers. The sporty Mazda3 compact hatchback is perfect for someone who needs a little more cargo space when they have to take their stuff with them. What these two have in common is a great choice of powertrains, standard advanced safety features, and an attention to detail and dependability unmatched in the segment.
Mazda introduced this compact in 2004, and it is currently in its fourth generation, which premiered for the 2019 model year. There are seven different trims on the Mazda3 hatchback and eight different trims on the Mazda 3 sedan, giving you plenty of options to choose from. The top trim for both models is the 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus, offering an incredible 250 hp and all-wheel drive. The hatchback model has a slightly higher price than the sedan at each comparable trim level and lacks the budget-oriented base model, so if you are looking to save money, the Mazda3 sedan is the more affordable choice.
Mazda built its reputation on designing innovative engines for smaller vehicles that deliver exceptional fuel economy and solid performance. This goes back to the days when Mazda was equipping its cars with rotary engines. The 2022 Mazda3 uses a conventional four-cylinder piston engine but still demonstrates Mazda’s know-how when it comes to getting optimal output from a small engine.
The Mazda3 hatchback model offers two engines, while the sedan offers drivers a total of three. The sedan-specific option is the Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter featured on the base model Mazda3 sedan. The Skyactiv design has a high compression ratio of 13:1 for enhanced performance and efficiency, and the 2.0-liter version can produce up to 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque.
The most common engine on both model types of the 2022 Mazda3 is the SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter. This engine is nearly identical to the base 2.0-liter but has been scaled up by 25% to produce 186 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. As you can see, this is a very well-balanced engine that provides more power than most other options in the segment. It comes standard on the 2022 Mazda3 hatchback and is found on most trims of the 2022 Mazda3 sedan.
If you are looking for the most out of your 2022 Mazda3, then you should consider choosing the 2.5 Turbo or 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus trims. These trims feature the SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter Dynamic Pressure Turbo engine. Just like the other engines on the Mazda3, this engine utilizes advanced direct fuel injection and variable valve timing. However, Mazda has equipped this engine with a turbocharger to maximize the output. As a result, it has an impressive 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque.
As you can see, this engine delivers the kind of performance rarely seen in a compact sedan or hatchback. In fact, if you choose the 2.5 Turbo or 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus models, you will be able to go from 0 to 60 mph in a blistering 5.6 seconds, with a top speed of 134 mph.
All Mazda3 sedans feature a 6-speed automatic transmission. The same is true of the Mazda3 hatchback unless you choose the Premium trim, which also offers a 6-speed manual transmission for drivers who want to have a little more control over their SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter engine. The Premium, 2.5 Turbo, and 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus trim all feature paddle shifters that allow you to emulate manual shifting on the 6-speed automatic transmission.
One of the biggest reasons to buy a compact car is to get exceptional fuel economy. The 2022 Mazda3 definitely delivers in this regard. If your prime concern is getting the most fuel economy out of your, you should consider a Mazda3 sedan with the 2.0-liter engine, which comes with front-wheel drive only. This model provides 28 MPG in city driving, 36 MPG on the highway, and 31 MPG combined. These are the best numbers for any 2022 Mazda3 across the board.
If you prefer a hatchback, then the Mazda3 models with front-wheel drive and the SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter are your best bet. These will give you 26 MPG in the city, 34 MPG on the highway, and 29 MPG combined. In general, the sedan models provide slightly better fuel economy than the hatchback at the same trim level and engine option. The sedan with this engine and front-wheel drive provides 26 MPG in the city, 35 MPG on the highway, and 30 MPG combined, slightly better than the hatchback Mazda3.
Mazda offers the Mazda3 with i-Activ all-wheel drive as an option on Preferred and Premium trims and standard on the 2.5 Turbo and 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus trims. While this will reduce fuel economy slightly, it also provides improved traction in inclement weather. The 2022 Mazda3 sedan with all-wheel drive provides up to 25 MPG in the city, 33 MPG on the highway, and 28 MPG combined, while the hatchback delivers 25 MPG in the city, 31 MPG on the highway, and 27 MPG combined. The Mazda3 with the SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter Turbo engine has slightly lower numbers for fuel economy at 26 MPG combined on the hatchback and 27 MPG combined on the sedan.
Mazda has made safety standard for the 2022 Mazda3. Regardless of whether you choose a hatchback or sedan, you will get a set of standard i-Activsense safety features on your Mazda3. This is a big reason why the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2022 Mazda3 as a Top Safety Pick+ and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded it perfect 5-star ratings in every category.
One of the most common causes of highway accidents is when drivers lose attention and drift out of their lane into traffic. Each 2022 Mazda3 has a Driver Attention Alert that will sound if the system detects that you may be distracted. In addition, the Lane Departure Warning System will send out an alarm if you drift out of your lane. When this happens, Lane-keep Assist will use a series of slight steering adjustments to get you back in lane and out of danger.
Each Mazda3 has a Rear View Monitor to help you check out your surroundings when you put your sedan or hatchback in reverse. This will help you avoid rear-end accidents. To help avoid front-end collisions, the Mazda3 has Smart Brake Support. This engages when the system detects that you are too close to the car in front of you and provides extra power to the brakes.
The Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go is a smart way to use cruise control on long drives. This standard safety feature detects vehicles in front of you and will automatically slow down if the vehicle in front of you is going slower than your preset speed. Once it has moved away from you or picked up its speed, Radar Cruise Control will adjust the speed of your Mazda3 back up to the preset limit. This will reduce wear-and-tear on your brakes while maintaining a safe speed and following distance.
When you are traveling late at night, it can be a hassle turning the high beams on and off as you enter and exit areas of low light. High Beam Control takes care of this for you. When the system detects an area of especially low light, it will turn on the high beams on your Mazda3. If it then detects another vehicle, it will turn the high beams off to avoid distracting the other motorist. Once you have entered an area with better lighting, the system will turn the high beams off. This allows you to focus on your driving and let the vehicle handle the proper headlight usage.
Where other automakers require their customers to pay a premium for safety, Mazda has made these advanced driver assistance features on the 2022 Mazda3. This is why Mazda remains one of the top automakers for innovation.
One of the biggest complaints most drivers have about compact cars is the lack of cargo space. They find many of these vehicles have a trunk that can’t fit more than a picnic basket or a briefcase. If you buy a 2022 Mazda3, you will be surprised at the amount of cargo space in this compact vehicle. The sedan has a surprisingly spacious 13.2 cu.ft. of space in the trunk, which is plenty of room for your luggage on a road trip or all of your groceries after a trip to the local supermarket. If you want even more space, you can opt for the 2022 Mazda3 hatchback, with a voluminous 20.1 cu.ft. of space in the trunk. You can free up even more space on the hatchback by folding down the rear row of seats.
You will be amazed by the roominess of the 2022 Mazda3. While the exterior is pleasingly compact enough to fit into even the tightest parking space, the inside opens up to reveal a very spacious compartment for you and your four passengers. The Mazda3 sedan has slightly more space than the hatchback, 92.8 cu.ft. compared to 92.7 cu.ft. However, the only difference is felt in the rear seat, where there is slightly more shoulder room, 53.5 inches in the Mazda3 sedan and 53.4 inches in the hatchback.
Other than this small difference, the two versions of the 2022 Mazda3 provide the same amount of roominess for your passengers. For example, front row passengers will enjoy 38 inches of headroom and 42.3 inches of legroom, while those seated in the rear won’t be complaining about the 37.2 inches of headroom and 35.1 inches of legroom. This is plenty of space for even your tallest friends or family members to feel comfortable and able to stretch out on the longest road trips. There are even 50.9 inches of hip room in the rear seat, so everyone can sit comfortably without worrying about invading each other’s space.