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Mazda Revives Old Popstar, Ditches Teen-Racer Theme

By Lucas Kist

Almost nine years after the final production of the Mazdaspeed3, an updated Mazda 3 2.5 turbo has been released into the market. Upon first hearing about this car, my immediate reaction was, “Great! A modern Mazdaspeed3!”  I was delighted to hear that they had bumped up the displacement on the car from 2.3 liters of the Mazdaspeed 3 to 2.5. Horsepower rating of this car is 250 @ 5000 rpm and for torque, 320 foot pounds @ 2500 rpm. The car also comes standard with Mazda’s I-ACTIV all wheel drive system. Mazda only has an automatic transmission available for this vehicle. The hatchback boasts a 5.6 second zero to sixty time, which is a respectable time for a turbocharged 4 cylinder. There are two trim levels available for the 2.5 turbo hatch. The more inexpensive option is the “2.5 Turbo” option, beginning at $30,050 MSRP, and the higher level trim is named “2.5 Turbo Premium Plus” starting at $32,600 MSRP. The difference between the two are a few exterior-added options like a rear lip spoiler and added camera and sensor options to assist with parking and driving.

All Grown Up

The appearance of the new sedan seems like Mazda was attempting a more refined and business like approach. I believe they pulled it off. The stock black alloy rims combined with any paint color makes the 2.5 turbo look like the person driving it will come out in a suit and a briefcase. The combination of sharp cut grille and light lines in the front combined with the smoother lines on the sides creates a visually modern styling.

The interior of the car appears modern as well, coming in black or white leather, and comes standard with a non-touchscreen infotainment screen. Both of the color options are very mellow, but I personally enjoy the contrast of the black and in the white leather option. I would rather have a touch screen system, but the button and knob set up that Mazda has is simple and easy to navigate. As a compact 5-door hatch, the 2.5 turbo appears to be able to fit four or even five people comfortably (given they are all of average size).

For a little over $30,000 the new 2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo hatch is the full package of style, speed and performance.  The combination of sleek and modern styling along with a powerful 4-cylinder engine and an all wheel drive system makes the Mazda look like a fantastic buy for someone looking for a comfortable 5-door car with a little bit of kick in it. 

The 2.5 Turbo will hit head on with the Honda Civic hatch family, the WRX lineup, and the VW Golf GTI.

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