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The 2022 Mazda3 Hatchback isn’t classified as a luxury car, but that’s only because it doesn’t have a luxury badge and luxury price ticket to go with it. But if you saw one of these parked up or driving past you on the roads of Martinsville, Danville, Rocky Mount, and Greensboro, your first thought would probably be that it was a genuine luxury car. Along with its stunning exterior styling and upscale interiors, the 2022 Mazda3 Hatchback delivers an equally engaging driving experience thanks to its capable handling, strong engines, available AWD, and an available manual transmission.
Those who like plenty of choices will appreciate that there are no fewer than seven different trim levels to choose from in the 2022 Mazda3 Hatchback lineup. The range starts with the base 2.5 S, which you’ll rarely come across on lots or in showrooms, but above that, you then have the Select, Preferred, Carbon Edition, Premium, 2.5 Turbo, and range-topping 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus trim levels, every one of which is well worth considering.
The 2.5 S, Select, and Carbon Edition are strictly front-wheel-drive versions of the Mazda3 Hatchback, but Preferred and Premium trim levels can be upgraded with Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD system for additional capability. You’ll have to look long and hard to find another model in this class that offers AWD as an option, and there will be even fewer that make it standard as it is with the 2.5 Turbo and 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus trim levels of the 2022 Mazda 3 Hatchback.
There’s far more to Mazda3 Hatchback than being just a small car that gets you and a few others from one place to another comfortably and efficiently, although it’s certainly great for that. The little Mazda emphasizes delivering a great driving experience for whoever is behind the wheel. Although a six-speed automatic transmission is standard across all eight models in the range, a six-speed manual is available with the Premium trim for those who want to get involved with the car’s driving characteristics.
The 2022 Mazda3 Hatchback is available with two different engines, and the more powerful of the pair develops even more power if premium 93 octane premium fuel is used instead of regular 87 octane gas. The standard engine up to and including the Premium trim is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder with a nicely symmetrical 186 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque. However, if you go as far as a 2.5 Turbo or a 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus version of the Mazda3 Hatchback, you’ll then find yourself enjoying a 2.5-liter turbo-four which then provides 227 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. with regular gas and 250 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque with premium 93 octane fuel.
Safety is an area where Mazda goes above and beyond with its vehicle features these days, and the 2022 Mazda3 Hatchback is no exception. If safety is a significant factor for you with your next car, you’ll be delighted to learn that the Mazda3 Hatch boasts a five-star rating for overall safety from the NHTSA and coveted Tops Safety Pick+ status from the IIHS. This is partly because every model comes with automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control as part of standard equipment, while blind-spot monitors, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights, and a surround-view camera system are options.
This car looks and feels like a high-quality model at every level. The range-topping 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus gives more expensive luxury rivals a run for their money with a standard equipment list that includes the likes of genuine leather upholstery, a 12-speaker premium Bose sound system, AWD, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation, adaptive front headlights, and even a head-up display.
There are still plenty of new compact cars to choose from in the current market, but you have to ask yourself if any of those in the same class can be considered to be anywhere near as desirable as the 2022 Mazda3 Hatchback? And that’s before you get to experience the car for yourself with a test drive from Nelson Mazda here at 201 Commonwealth Blvd, Martinsville, VA, or call us at (276) 638-2331 for more information and to book a test drive appointment for a time that’s convenient for you.