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There are many great new vehicles to choose from to get you where you need to be in Martinsville, Danville, Rocky Mount, and Greensboro, but the 2023 Mazda3 Sedan is a little special. The Mazda3 is a compact four-door sedan with stunningly premium styling, impressive standard specifications, outstanding safety credentials, superb driving characteristics, and attractive pricing. If you assume a small SUV is what you need, the Mazda3 begs to differ.
The 2023 Mazda3 Sedan is a small car that delivers big at every level. The exterior styling is sporty but sensible and mature enough to prevent anyone from finding it polarizing. While there are plenty of attractive small vehicles around these days, the Mazda3 also promotes a premium air of genuine quality without demanding premium MSRPs.
The most affordable version of the compact Mazda is the Mazda3 2.5 S, and things get better and better from there with the 2.5 S Select, 2.5 S Preferred, 2.5 S Carbon Edition, 2.5 S Premium, and top-of-the-line 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus. Front-wheel drive is the standard drivetrain up to the Carbon Edition that’s also available with all-wheel drive. Still, the 2.5 S Premium and 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus models get AWD as part of their standard specification.
With its six trim levels and two engine options, the 2023 Mazda3 Sedan is a compact car with broad appeal. Those looking for a smooth, comfortable, and compliant ride and drive will be delighted with the Mazda, while there’s plenty to enjoy if you’re someone who likes to drive for the sake of driving. The steering is crisp and responsive, the handling is excellent in every configuration, and the available AWD adds an extra dimension for a car in this class.
Apart from the top-of-the-line 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus version of the Mazda3 Sedan, the standard engine is a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four producing 191 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque. If you want the ultimate Mazda3 driving experience, the 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus gets a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four offering 227 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque with regular gas, or 250 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque if you put premium gas in the tank.
Thanks to its standard cylinder deactivation technology, the non-turbo engine that most Mazda3 models feature is pretty good on gas. A front-wheel-drive Mazda3 Sedan is good for EPA-estimated fuel economy of 28 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and 31 mpg combined, while AWD models get a still impressive 26 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway, and 30 mpg combined.
The 2023 Mazda3 Sedan also takes the safety of its driver and passengers seriously, too. The NHTSA gives the car its full five-star rating for overall safety, while the IIHS awards its coveted Top Safety Pick+ status to the compact Mazda sedan. Those impressive safety ratings are partly due to the standard safety features that include an Anti-lock Brake System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution & Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control System, Smart Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning System, Lane-keep Assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Driver Attention Alert, High Beam Control, and a rearview camera.
The 2023 Mazda3 Sedan is a small car with exterior styling that will turn heads, but things get even better when you take the time to find out how much more it has to offer. Discover the Mazda3 for yourself with a test drive from Nelson Mazda at 201 Commonwealth Boulevard W, Martinsville, VA, or call us at (276) 638-2331 to schedule an appointment for a time that’s suitable for you.