Boosted Bubble: The 2022 Mazda 3 2.5T AWD Hatchback


2022 Mazda 3 2.5T AWD Hatchback front 3/4 view

Among the more ignored pieces of advice given by automotive writers such as myself is "buy a Mazda". Japan's number four brand (behind Toyota, Nissan and Honda) really should be in its top two and in America's top five.

2022 Mazda 3 Turbo 2.5 AWD Hatchback rear 3/4 view

Mazda builds premium compact cars with killer handling characteristics and recently has been dialing up the power as well.


2022 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo AWD Hatchback hood up

2022 Mazda 3 2.5T AWD Hatchback engine

Order the 2.5 Turbo in the Mazda 3 and you get 227 horsepower. Feed it 93 octane premium and it'll deliver 250 horses, with 310 lb-ft of torque. That drops zero to 60 times for the Mazda 3 to six seconds flat while putting power down to all four wheels and it manages that while still returning an EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon city, 31 highway.


2022 Mazda 3 2.5T AWD Hatchback hatch open

2022 Mazda 3 2.5T Hatchback AWD rear cargo area

2022 Mazda 3 2.5T Hatchback AWD rear seats

There is a Mazda 3 sedan that does all that and it's terrific. But what the hatchback offers is space. Remove the theft-deterrent lid and things back in the cargo area stack. Fold the rear seats flat and there's some serious cargo room.

2022 Mazda 3 2.5T AWD Hatchback front seats

2022 Mazda 3 2.5T AWD Hatchback front seat detail

2022 Mazda 3 2.5T AWD Hatchback instrument panel

Equipped with the Premium Plus package, the 2022 Mazda 3 simply wows in terms of materials, fit and finish. Especially at the price, which starts at $34,400. For that, you get the mechanicals discussed above, leather-trimmed seats, navigation, a full suite of active safety features, a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system.


2022 Mazda 3 2.5T AWD Hatchback steering wheel and gauge cluster

2022 Mazda 3 2.5T AWD Hatchback center console

2022 Mazda 3 2.5T AWD Hatchback center stack

And (regular readers know what's coming here)---that's about it. Our tester had an extra-cost optional paint color ($395), but everything else is standard. So, with $1,015 delivery, processing and handling fee, the as-tested price of the 2022 Mazda 3 2.5T AWD Hatchback is $35,810.


2022 Mazda 3 2.5T AWD Hatchback front view

2022 Mazda 3 2.5T AWD Hatchback side view

2022 Mazda 3 2.5T AWD Hatchback rear view

That's a thousand dollars less than the Volkswagen Golf GTI I reviewed back in March. You give up 9/10ths of a second getting to 60 and two mpg city, three highway, but you also don't have to deal with the new VW's maddening infotainment and climate interfaces, and you get a much more premium interior, which absolutely counts for something. Whether or not you buy a Mazda (and you should)---absolutely test drive one. The 2022 Mazda 3 2.5T AWD Hatchback belongs on your short list.

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