Written by Marco Carvajal
Test driving the 2022 Mazda3 Sedan Turbo Premium Plus
The 2022 Mazda 3 sedan is a compact car known for its premium interior, sporty handling, and stylish exterior. This model 3 is very attractive and looks more expensive than its real ticket price. You can buy a new Mazda3 sedan base model for around $22K, while the top-of-the-line I am test-driving, the Mazda3 Sedan Turbo Premium Plus goes for only $34K fully loaded.
Comparing value, pricing, features, performance, and especially style, the Mazda3 is a bargain with such a low price starting at $22K
Driving the 2022 Mazda3 Sedan Turbo Premium Plus model, the top-of-the-line, you can enjoy driving in a beautiful machine that can take you on short and long rides. The 2.5 Turbocharged Engine is powerful for a compact car, producing 250 Horsepower and 320 pounds of torque. This model Turbo Premium Plus includes a standard i-ACTIV AWD for more power on any road and a 360 degrees View Monitor for an advanced view of everything surrounding this sedan for best safety and control.
The Mazda3 is known as the Mazda Axela in Japan where is made, and it was introduced as the 2004 model, replacing the previous Mazda 323.
A second generation of the Mazda3 was unveiled as the 2010 car year model. Continuing with a fast process of evolution Mazda released the third generation Mazda3 as the 2014 car year model, and finally, the fourth generation was released just a few years ago in 2019.
The 2022 model year lineup includes several updates. The Mazda3 compact car is offered as a sedan, or hatchback, with plenty of features, packages, and options to produce a more sophisticated and stylish design along with great driving dynamics and power.
The Mazda3 is offered with three engine options, two drivetrains, and several packages to satisfy the different needs of car buyers.
New for 2022 the debut of the new stylish and modern Carbon Edition appearance package. This new “Carbon Edition” package brings black-painted wheels, heated black mirrors, gray exterior paint, red leather interior, includes Preferred package, and 12-speaker Bose audio system. However the Turbo Premium Plus version I am test driving is superior with more features, more horsepower and torque.
For drivers looking to find a reliable, safe, sedan with the latest features and technology, the Mazda 3 can be one of the few cars to select in this price range.
Great Style Premium Plus
The Mazda3 Turbo Premium Plus is a powerful sedan with a very good engine and horsepower but the exterior and interior is the highlight of this model. It has one of the best interiors in its class, with front seats that are comfortable and supportive.
The Premium package elevates the Mazda3 to look closer to an Audi with power driver’s seat, heated front seats, This model lets you enjoy a leather-trimmed interior and aluminum speaker grilles crafted to visualize the crisp sounds and clarity of the premium 12-speaker Bose audio system. The Luminous sound and color combined produced a refined experience onboard the Mazda3.
There’s plenty of headroom, but legroom and shoulder room are not too generous, also cargo room is limited, however, let’s not forget that this is a compact sedan and just like a diamond is small but precious, the Mazda3 is also small but extremely attractive.
The Mazda 3’s interior is sure to impress with design master class in simplicity and intuition. Controls are easy to use and find and very intuitive, keeping it simple and helping to keep your eyes on the road.
This sedan cockpit looks great and modern, all controls and dashboard are out in the open and look stylish and smart.
The cabin of the Mazda3 is elegantly detailed with expensive-looking aluminum trim, solid-feeling switches and, on all trim models but the base sedan Mazda3, leatherette door accents, this combination of materials make the Mazda3 look very advanced and modern.
Technology and Safety
The Mazda3 is compact and is not the top-of-the-line model in the Mazda family or compared to other sedans, but it looks just perfect inside and outside with the most basic features you will need to have a safe and comfortable ride. The Navigation system is functional and it works very well.
The electronic interface in the 8.8-inch center display is easy to understand and to use on a daily basis. Support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is standard.
Safety systems include antilock disc brakes, traction control, active front head restraints, a rearview camera, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags.
This suite of safety features includes sophisticated safety innovations to alert the driver of hazards, helping you avoid collisions or reducing the impact of accidents. Safety features include traffic jam assist, front and rear parking sensors, 360 view monitor, smart brake support-rear crossing, and more.
Additional safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, a driver attention monitor, automatic high-beam control, and hold assist lane.
Mazda connected services
Mazda connected services are very convenient letting you access your Mazda3 health status report, start the engine remotely, lock and unlock the doors remotely and more features that can be controlled through the MyMazda App with Mazda Connected Services with your fingertips on your mobile device. This service is complimentary during 3 years.
The Mazda3 sedan is powerful enough to make it one of the quickest cars in its class with very nice driving dynamics.
Above-average horsepower and acceleration speed mergers and on-ramps, while proper brake pedal feedback increases a sense of control during typical driving and confidence during panic stops.
The automatic transmission is excellent, with quick and downshifts that are perfectly matched. The steering and suspension are well tuned, encouraging the driver to tackle even the tightest corners while being enjoyable to drive on the roads.
The 2.5 Turbocharged Engine is powerful, producing 250 Horsepower and 320 pounds of torque. This model Turbo Premium Plus includes a standard i-ACTIV AWD for more power on any road and a 360 degrees View Monitor for an advanced view of everything surrounding this sedan.
The intuitive performance of the Mazda3 adapts fast to any road and the tires come with a strong grip to help optimize performance in different weather scenarios.
Driving a Mazda3 Turbocharged premium can be fun, comfortable and make you feel you are the king of the road in your beautiful luxury driving machine for less than $35K.