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If you’re looking for a compact car for daily driving around Martinsville, Danville, Rocky Mount, and Greensboro, and you don’t want to follow the crowd, the 2023 Mazda3 Hatchback is a stylish alternative to the usual suspects. For most, sedans are the usual go-to body style, but the Mazda3 Hatchback is a superb example of why this format is the more popular choice in markets outside America. If you haven’t considered a five-door hatch before, check out the gorgeous 2023 Mazda3 Hatchback and dare to be different.
The 2023 Mazda3 Hatchback is a relatively small car that comes from a reasonably large family with seven superb trim levels for shoppers to choose from that cater to a broad range of budgets. The first model in the lineup is the attractively priced 2.5 S, and after that, the range goes to the Select, Preferred, Carbon Edition, Premium, 2.5 Turbo, and the range-topping 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus. The top-of-the-line trim level may have a long name, but it comes with a list of standard features long enough to justify it.
The car is stunning, both outside and inside the cabin. The exterior styling is sporty and athletic, but there’s an overriding feel of quality and luxury that you wouldn’t expect for the price if you hadn’t seen the little Mazda. The interior is equally impressive, with high-grade materials and a build quality that puts most of the Mazda’s compact car rivals firmly in the shade.
There isn’t a rip-roaring, high-performance version of the Mazda3 Hatchback like some of its rivals offer. The 2023 Mazda3 Hatchback is too refined, sensible, and classy for such overt hooliganism. There are choices when it comes to the powertrain, but none will disappoint. The standard engine up to and including the Premium trim level is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder producing 191 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque, which is more than decent output for a car of these modest proportions.
If you’d like something more substantial under the hood of your Mazda3 Hatchback, the 2.5 Turbo and 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus have a 2.5-liter turbo-four that provides 227 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque on regular fuel. Fill the Mazda with premium gas, and then the engine delivers 250 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel-drive are standard, but a manual transmission is available for the Premium trim level, and AWD is widely available.
Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. And blind-spot monitors, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights, and a surround-view camera system are available options. Those features help the 2023 Mazda3 Hatchback to a five-star rating for overall safety from the NHTSA and coveted Top Safety Pick+ status from the IIHS.
Every model in the lineup makes a strong case for itself, but the range-topping 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus is hard to resist if your budget runs to it. Only the Mazda badge would tell you it wasn’t a high-end car from a luxury automaker costing considerably more than it does. Standard features include the turbo engine, AWD, 18-inch alloys with a Black Metallic finish, perforated leather-trimmed sport seats, a Bose premium audio system, navigation, traffic sign recognition, and plenty more.
The 2023 Mazda3 Hatchback is a compact car that challenges the orthodoxy and will challenge you to find a more attractive and higher quality car for the money in its class. Discover this fantastic car for yourself with a test drive from Nelson Mazda at 201 Commonwealth Blvd W, Martinsville, VA, or call us at (276) 638-2331 for more information and schedule an appointment for a time that suits you.