Mazda has always been a brand to cleverly inject sportiness into mainstream vehicles but retained a certain level of premium appeal with sleek and attractive styling. For 2022, such a tradition continues in vehicles like the latest Mazda3 hatchback which received a redesign for the 2019 model year and offers up a potent 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that touts as much as 320 lb-ft of torque for class-leading performance.

The Mazda3 hatchback has long been a vehicle that’s overlooked by many but has a loyal following and newfound appreciation when people discover such a vehicle. The new Mazda3 hatchback offers a choice of two engines, the base naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque, and my top-trimmed test vehicle’s 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that’s good for up to 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque with premium fuel. Without premium fuel, the engine outputs 227 horsepower but still manages to have a substantial 310 lb-ft of torque figure. Mazda has hung onto what works in mating the turbocharged engine to a proven 6-speed automatic transmission that feels direct without much use of its torque converter, which is one of many sporty traits of the Mazda3.

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The Mazda3 Hatchback 2.5 Turbo in the top Premium Plus trim is quite the eager vehicle with a respectable sporty attitude from its turbocharged engine. The turbocharged engine has a strong surge of torque without much lag combined with a firm and responsive driving characteristic that’s welcoming for enthusiasts. That sporty character may not be for everyone mostly due to the firm ride quality that’s unique to the Mazda3 Hatchback, which can become a bit bouncy at times.

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By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: 2022 Mazda3 Hatchback 2.5 Turbo AWD Premium Plus Review & Test Drive
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Published Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2022 14:16:24 +0000

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