Mazda 3 2023 gets a boost

If you’re looking for an affordable and fun compact car, Mazda’s imported model is a hard-to-beat choice. Currently, the Mazda 3 is getting some minor updates to the five new models, with prices expected to increase. Thanks to the automaker ditching the base 2.0-liter engine, the 3 once again reverts to the 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G as the sole engine, naturally aspirated or turbocharged. Good news for those who opted for the old version: the standard 2.5 version gets a slight boost this time around. 

Based on information on Wapcar.my, Mazda has made some tweaks, so for now, the 2023 Model 3s have 191 hp (up 5, from 186), while 186 lb-ft of torque remains the same. Thanks to improvements to the cylinder deactivation algorithm, the non-turbocharged models also return around 28 mpg city, 37 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined. That’s not a huge difference, but you still get 1-2 mpg increments all around. As for the Mazda 3 Turbo, 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque (227 hp and 310 lb-ft with 87-octane petrol) remain the same as last year.

Depending on your needs, you’ll want to try buying a car now, rather than waiting for the 2023 models. And Mazda 3 sedan price is listed below.

The trim levels and their respective specifications remain more or less the same, with a few exceptions. If you’re considering a sedan, you’ll have fewer choices thanks to Mazda removing the 2.0 version and they’ve also removed the base 2.5 Turbo version. So the lineup now starts with the 2.5 S sedan for $23,615 – a $450 increase over the equivalent 2022 model. From there, you’ll climb the range through Choice ($25,015, up to $500), Preferred ($26,615, up to $450) and Carbon Edition ($28,265, up to $450) ). The flagship premium sedan is seeing its biggest price increase to date, as it’s currently up $1,700 to $30,465.

If you buy a Mazda 3 sedan, the only way to get the Turbo model is with the top 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus. Since the regular 2.5 Turbo is no longer available for the sedan, your entry price is now set at $35,065. That’s $550 more than last year’s equivalent, and a hefty $3,100 if you want a Turbo sedan since you have to buy the top-end version. Mazda’s $1,065 destination fee is the same as the 2022 models, for what it’s worth.

Hatchbacks also enjoyed a similar price increase, with an MSRP of $1,000 more than comparable sedans. You can still get the base 2.5 Turbo with the hatchback, so you can get the more powerful variant for a little less than the sedan. For 2023, the 2.5 Turbo version starts at $33,515, up $550 from last year. The only six-speed manual option – a premium sedan with a non-turbocharged engine – is still available for $30,215 ($450 more than last year).

Another value proposition?

Unfortunately, Mazda’s overall gain here is a trend that affects the entire brand (see CX-50) and the industry as a whole. Since almost all new models have become more expensive this year, the Mazda 3 can still offer a relatively good value. You’ll only need to put a bigger budget into the equation if you’re trying to find the car you want in the first place.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.