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.

2.0

The 2.0 kicks off the 2022 Mazda3 trim range in a considerable way. Although it has a few basic amenities, such as 16-inch wheels, manual air conditioning, and cloth upholstery, it also gets deluxe features like full exterior LED lighting, rain-sensing wipers, one-touch auto up/down windows, remote keyless entry, push-button ignition, sport seats, a front passenger seatback pocket, a 12-volt power outlet, two USB audio inputs, a 7-inch LCD meter display, and a 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback.

The 2.0 also gets an infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, SMS text messaging, voice recognition, HD radio, and an eight-speaker sound system. What’s more, this trim is loaded with noteworthy safety aids, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, driver attention alert, and automatic high beams.

2.5 S

In addition to the more powerful engine, the infotainment system in the 2.5 S is made more complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Mazda also offers the 2.5 S with a quartet of optional packages: Select, Preferred, Carbon Edition, and Premium. The Select bundles side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, 18-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, simulated-leather sport seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a rear center armrest with cupholders, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The Preferred Package doubles up on the luxury with position-memory side mirrors, a power moonroof, illuminated vanity mirrors, an overhead console sunglasses holder, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat (also with memory).

The sleek Carbon Edition comes with its own Polymetal Gray Metallic exterior paint color and red leather interior. It also supplies black wheels, black side mirrors that are heated, and a high-end 12-speaker Bose audio system with aluminum speaker grilles. The Premium Package differs in that it doesn’t have the Carbon Edition’s Polymetal Gray Metallic exterior, red leather interior, black wheels, or black heated side mirrors, but it does get its 12-speaker Bose sound system plus signature LED headlights and taillights, a roof-mounted “shark fin” antenna, paddle shifters, SiriusXM satellite radio, navigation, a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, and an adaptive front lighting system.

2.5 Turbo and Turbo Premium Plus

The 2.5 Turbo’s standard equipment list starts with the contents of the Premium Package (minus the navigation and traffic sign recognition) and adds black wheels, black heated side mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer, a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a heated steering wheel. The 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus is outfitted with navigation and traffic sign recognition, plus a black rear lip spoiler and perforated-leather sport seats. Its safety technology lineup is boosted with reverse automatic braking, a surround-view monitor, and traffic jam assist.

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.