Flash Drive

2023 Mazda 3 Turbo Hatchback

Model Tested: 2023 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo AWD Hatchback Premium

The 2023 Mazda 3 Turbo Hatchback is a compact stylish crossover SUV that’s nimble and fun to drive.

Engine: 2.5-liter turbocharged I-4, 211 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft torque

Transmission:  6-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive

EPA Rating: 23-mpg city, 31-mpg highway, 26-mpg combined

Base Price: $35,300

As Tested: $36,895


Responsive engine

Sporty handling

Console switch for Sport mode

The CX 3 Hatchback adds cargo versatility but the roof slope limits big items.

Fun to drive

Paddle shifters

Six-speed manual not available with turbo engine


Stretch-out front seat comfort

Front seat space cramps rear seat

Heated front seats (3 temps)

Medium thick, slightly contoured leather wheel

Heated steering wheel (1 temp)

Small auxiliary control buttons

Firm power lumbar support for driver

Front seat room and comfort are excellent.

Good range tilt/telescopic steering column

Small sunroof

Good quality interior materials

Large rear floor hump

Soft wide rear armrest with cupholders


Great head up display

Medium non-locking glovebox

Medium-plus front door bins

Infotainment screen on the small side

The Mazda 3 comes in two body styles, the sedan (background) and the hatchback (foreground).

One seatback storage pouch

Medium size rear door bins

Split folding rear seats have moderate slope

Rear hatch opens high

Six-inch lift over

Flat cargo deck

WOW Factors:

Sharp styling

Fun, sporty handling

Responsive engine

The side profile shows the long nose, shorter tail styling of the Mazda 3.

Excellent head up display

Quality interior materials for this price point


Auxiliary steering wheel controls are too small

Small sun visors don’t slide for side blockage

Cheap carpet in cargo area

Bottom Line:

The 2023 Mazda 3 Turbo Hatchback AWD is a compact crossover SUV that has all-weather capabilities but is best suited for paved roads. The Mazda 3 shines in the fun to drive

The grille and front end styling are representative of Mazda’s overall refined style.

department with its powerful 2.5-liter turbocharged engine and excellent six-speed automatic transmission. Interior quality and design are upscale in the top trim models and front seat room is excellent although at the expense of rear seat room. The hatchback offers added cargo flexibility but the stylish radically raked roofline affects what can fit in the cargo area.