The new Mazda 3 has a revised model range, including new engine options with correlating fresh nomenclature. Seven models are now available in the USA: 2.0 Sedan, 2.5 S Sedan, Select, Preferred, Premium, 2.5 Turbo, and 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus. The numerical prefixes denote the different engine designations per trim, with FWD standard on all but the 2.5T models. These have AWD which is optional on the Select, Preferred, and Premium models.
The 2.0 Sedan boasts automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, push-button start, cloth upholstery, and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen with AM/FM radio, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and eight speakers. Driver assistance is complementary in the form of adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist with departure warning, a rearview camera, and driver attention alert.
2.5 S derivatives upgrade to a larger engine and gain Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration thanks to an upgraded, full-color infotainment unit.
Select derivatives are the first with access to AWD. Other improvements include 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, a rear center armrest, leatherette upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
The Preferred is differentiated by gloss black styling elements and a power moonroof, while inside, it gets heated front seats and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory.
Premium-spec sedans have signature LED lighting front and rear, gain full leather upholstery, and are gifted a 12-speaker Bose sound system, SiriusXM satellite radio, standard navigation, a head-up display, and traffic sign recognition.
Standard AWD and a turbo engine accompany the 2.5 Turbo, while the interior gets a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror and a heated steering wheel, but reverts to leatherette upholstery and misses out on navigation and traffic sign recognition.
Top of the pile, the 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus sees the return of leather, navigation, and traffic sign recognition while also adding a rear lip spoiler, traffic jam assist, a 360-degree camera, and rear automatic braking.