2021 Mazda3 vs Mazda3 2.5 Turbo – Which One Will You Choose?

September 30th, 2020 by

When it comes to deciding which 2021 Mazda3 model you want to buy, there are now more options to consider in this well-loved compact sedan or hatchback car. Available at Hendrick Mall of Georgia Mazda in Buford, GA, this small but powerful Mazda car offers drivers a sleek exterior design, and amazing interior features and comforts while providing surprising top-speed performance under the hood. 

What most customers love about the Mazda3 is the cost. It allows drivers to stay within their budget but still afford the look and feel of a comparable luxury brand car. With the arrival of the new 2021 Mazda3, many car buyers want to know the differences between the 2021 Mazda3 base levels vs Mazda3 2.5 Turbo. 

Is the turbo version worth the extra spend? The short answer is that it depends on the individual driver’s performance preference, but we’ve provided a quick summary to help our Hendrick Mall of Georgia Mazda’s customers make the final choice. 

Mazda3 vs Mazda3 2.5 Turbo

Mazda3 Features Overview

The new year Mazda3 sedan includes an updated model lineup that features a trio of base models with engine designations, Mazda3 2.0, Mazda3 2.5 S and Mazda3 2.5 Turbo, starting at $20,500. To enhance your driving experience beyond the base trim level, the Mazda3 2.5 S comes with available trims: Select, Preferred and Premium. However, the all-new Mazda3 2.5 Turbo models offer a Premium Plus package upgrade. Similar to the 2020 model, each trim level offers more advanced feature options, but drivers can enjoy these highlighted standard exterior and interior features across all model trim packages:

  • An onboard Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Radar cruise control with Stop and Go
  • Exterior Lighting
  • LED headlights and daytime running lights
  • Rain-sensing variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Body-colored dual folding power side mirrors
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down feature
  • Push Button Start
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback
  • Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming capability
  • 2 USB audio inputs
  • Infotainment System with 8.8-inch center display
  • Mobile 911 automatic emergency notification
  • i-ACTIVSENSE® safety system

Mazda3 Performance Overview

If you crave performance, the 2021 Mazda3 provides a trio of powertrains that include a brand-new turbocharged engine option. Base trim Mazda3 2.0 models include a fuel-efficient 155-horsepower 2.0-liter SKYACTIV®-G four-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive, and a six-speed SKYACTIV®-Drive automatic transmission. Move up to the 2021 Mazda3 2.5 Select, and you will find the same 186-horsepower 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G four-cylinder engine, but also with the Front-wheel drive (FWD) or available i-ACTIV AWD® and cylinder deactivation. 

To experience the next-level of driving excitement and performance, drivers can choose the Mazda3 2.5 Turbo, featuring a 250-horsepower 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G turbocharged four-cylinder engine with up to 320 pound-feet of torque on the Premium package. Armed with standard Mazda i-ACTIV AWD®, the turbocharged Mazda3 2.5 Turbo promises to deliver plenty of thrills as you make your way down the busy streets in the greater Atlanta area. 

Our Verdict at Hendrick Mall of Georgia Mazda

Many drivers opt for the Mazda3 2.5 Turbo. Starting at $29,900, this model trim offers the most fun to drive while allowing you to stay within your budget. If you have a little more to spend and like the gloss black design, the Premium Plus Package is the way to go. Regardless if you decide you want to remain closer to the new 2021 Mazda3 base trim level package or set your sights on the total performance driving excitement with the Mazda3 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus package, Hendrick Mall of Georgia Mazda can help. We invite you to to our Mazda dealership in Buford, GA to take advantage of our great selection and take a test drive. We are happy to serve all drivers in the greater Atlanta area! 

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