2022 Mazda3 Sedan for Sale in Springfield, MA

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Overview

The 2022 Mazda3 Sedan has a sleek exterior profile and a minimalistic yet sophisticated interior full of upscale amenities. You’d be hard-pressed to find a similarly priced model that provides this much bang for your buck. While the 2022 version retains all the class and beauty of the outgoing model, it also offers the ultra-premium Carbon Edition, which adds a touch of daring sophistication with its exclusive gray paint color, black exterior accents, and striking red leather upholstery.

Trims and Performance

There’s no shortage of options with the 2022 Mazda3 Sedan, as it’s sold in three main trims (2.0, 2.5 S, and 2.5 Turbo) and five subtrims (Select, Preferred, Carbon Edition, and Premium for the 2.5 S and Premium Plus for the 2.5 Turbo). The name of each trim corresponds to its engine type. For example, the 2.0s come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder (155 hp and 150 lb.-ft. of torque), the 2.5 S grades get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (186 hp and 186 lb.-ft.), and the 2.5 Turbos have a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder (227 hp and 310 lb.-ft. with regular fuel and 250 hp and 320 lb.-ft. with premium).

Every trim has a six-speed automatic transmission, and while front-wheel drive is standard with most, the 2.5 Turbos get all-wheel drive, which is optional on the Preferred and Premium. Everyone is concerned about fuel economy these days, and this model has fine numbers. The 2.0s achieve an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The FWD 2.5 S and its subtrims return 26 city/35 highway, and with AWD, the Preferred and Premium get 25 city/33 highway. The 2.5 Turbo and Turbo Premium Plus trade off a speck of fuel efficiency for their heightened performance, returning 23 city/32 highway.

Amenities of Note

The 2.0 comes nicely equipped with automatic on/off LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, keyless entry, push-button ignition, two USB audio inputs, a 12-volt power outlet, and a 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback. The 2.5 S is similar to the 2.0 in terms of features, but it gets a more potent engine. The Select comes with side mirror turn-signal indicators, advanced keyless entry (which doesn’t require you to use the key fob to access the vehicle), dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather sport seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a rear-seat center armrest with cupholders. The Preferred adds a gloss-black lower bumper, position memory for the side mirrors and power driver’s seat, heated front seats, a moonroof, an overhead sunglasses holder, and driver and front passenger vanity mirrors.

The all-new Carbon Edition is painted with exclusive Polymetal Gray Metallic; it also has black wheels, heated side mirrors (also in black), and red leather seats. The Premium loses the Carbon Edition’s heated side mirrors and unique color scheme, but it gets signature LED headlights and taillights, a roof-mounted “shark fin” antenna, a head-up display, steering wheel paddle shifters, and leather sport seats. The 2.5 Turbo goes back to the synthetic leather sport seats, and gains a heated steering wheel and a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Premium Plus version of the 2.5 Turbo is upgraded with a black rear lip spoiler, a HomeLink universal garage door opener, and perforated leather sport seats.

Advanced Safety Technology

The 2022 Mazda3 Sedan makes safety a top priority. Aside from their assortment of airbags, the 2.0 and 2.5 S get forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, driver attention alert, and adaptive cruise control. The Select, Preferred, and Carbon Edition each add blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, while the Premium is sweetened with an adaptive front lighting system and traffic sign recognition. The 2.5 Turbo doesn’t include traffic sign recognition, but the Premium Plus does; the Premium Plus also has reverse automatic braking, a surround-view camera system, and traffic jam assist.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The multimedia setup in the 2022 Mazda3 Sedan is well stocked with the latest technologies for communication and entertainment. The entry-level 2.0 has an 8.8-inch touchscreen with voice recognition, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and a sound system with eight speakers. The 2.5 S, Select, and Preferred also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the Carbon Edition makes a statement with SiriusXM satellite radio and 12 aluminum speaker grilles that channel the crisp sound of its first-rate Bose audio system. The Premium delivers navigation, and although the 2.5 Turbo lacks navigation, that perk is standard in the Premium Plus.

Vs. Competitors

The 2022 Mazda3 Sedan stands apart in its segment thanks to refined good looks, fine standard features, and a strong reputation for quality. And while there aren’t many traditional sedans left in this age of the crossover, those that have proven themselves over decades remain strong sellers: the Honda Civic Sedan, Toyota Corolla Sedan, and Hyundai Elantra, along with the Kia K5, which was known as the Optima in its previous generations. The 2022 Mazda3, though, has a more elite look, more like a European-branded vehicle with its smooth, sophisticated profile and first-class interior. We took a closer look to see how it compares to those aforementioned rivals.

Pricing and Equipment

Despite its upscale quality, the 2022 Mazda3 Sedan starts its pricing at just $20,800, which puts it in good standing against its competitors. The Civic’s starting price is $22,350, and the K5’s is $23,790. The starting prices of the Corolla ($20,075) and Elantra ($19,850) are closer to the 2022 Mazda3’s, but they don’t come with quite the same degree of amenities, especially at the higher trim levels.

For instance, the mid-tier 2022 Mazda3 Carbon Edition (MSRP: $26,400) comes with a 12-speaker Bose sound system, rain-sensing wipers (which are also standard in the base trim), heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators and memory, a moonroof, a power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, red leather-trimmed sport seats, and an infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touchscreen. The 2022 Mazda3 Carbon Edition also gets a brimming slate of advanced driver aids, including adaptive cruise control and driver attention alert.

The similarly priced Civic EX lacks many of those top-shelf amenities (rain-sensing wipers, side mirrors with turn-signal indicators and memory, power driver’s seat, rear cross-traffic alert, and driver attention warning), and its sound system only has eight speakers while its touchscreen is nearly two inches smaller. The Corolla XSE ($25,975) has side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, but they don’t have memory. This model also omits rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, and driver attention alert, and its audio system only has six speakers.

With the Elantra Limited ($25,600), you won’t enjoy the convenience of rain-sensing wipers or side mirrors with memory, and its sound system falls short with eight speakers. Last, the K5 GT-Line FWD ($26,190) passes over the rain-sensing wipers, side mirrors with memory, and leather seats. Also, as with the Corolla XSE, the K5 GT-Line FWD’s audio system only gets six speakers. Moving along to driver aids, at the peak of the 2022 Mazda3’s trim range is the Premium Plus, which boasts a surround-view camera system. Such a camera system isn’t offered for the Civic, Corolla, or Elantra.

Power and Performance

Although the 2022 Mazda3 is known for its class and build quality, it’s also a fine performer: its base 2.5-liter powerplant produces 186 hp. If you want to unleash this model’s true power, though, the available 2.5-liter turbo is ready with its maximum 250 hp and 320 lb.-ft. of torque (achieved with premium fuel). Meanwhile, the Civic’s entry-level 2.0-liter makes merely 158 hp, and its optional turbocharged mill falls short with 180 hp.

The K5 also has a 180 hp turbo that’s standard in most trims except for the $31,190 GT, which instead has 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder generating 290 hp and 311 lb.-ft. of torque. That engine’s horsepower may be superior to the turbo 2022 Mazda3’s, but its torque is lacking, and as you saw above, it fails to measure up in other key areas. The Corolla is the most modest of the batch, as its 1.8-liter powerplant – the sole engine Toyota offers for it – makes just 139 hp. The Elantra isn’t far behind with its standard 147 hp 2.0-liter. While the Elantra is eligible for a more potent engine that churns out 201 hp, it’s still not as impressive as the 2022 Mazda3’s upgraded engine. Additionally, the 2022 Mazda3 is eligible for all-wheel drive. Most of the competitors listed here – excluding the K5 – are front-wheel drive only.