Mazda Revises the 3 Sedan and Hatch for 2024
Despite being on the market for a few years, the Mazda 3 remains high on our list of recommendations whenever someone asks for advice on affordable compact cars. For the 2024 model year, Mazda has gifted it a handful of updates.
Headlining changes is the new availability of a 10.25-inch infotainment display, one which packs the likes of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. While more than a few of our readers – and writers, if we’re honest – are content to take their so-called infotainment in the form of a single-DIN tape deck, wide swaths of the buying public demand these types of IMAX screens no matter the vehicle segment. Mazda is only too happy to oblige, fitting the billboard as standard on all turbocharged models. Others make do with the old 8.8-inch tablet.
Speaking of, you may recall the post from a few days ago about the 3’s new Carbon Turbo trim, a package that bundles together a unique color combo pairing Zircon Sand metallic paint with a black interior that utilizes exclusive terracotta leatherette along with red contrast stitching. Seems the brand’s expressed intent of taking the place uptown is spreading to the little 3 as well.
In all, there will be a dozen different variants across sedan and hatchback body styles this year, ranging from the $24,170 front-drive sedan to the $36,650 turbocharged all-wheel drive Premium Plus hatchback. We maintain that the trim level sounds suspiciously like a soup cracker. In case you’ve blanked on the details, non-turbo trims get a 2.5L engine good for 191 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. This sum shows up for duty on regular fuel.
Flipping to the turbo, that mill is also a 2.5L, though it delivers 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque when fed a steady diet of premium 93 octane oats. Cheap out with regular 87 octane fuel reduces the turbo engine to 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. We don’t know about you but if we paid for the 250 ponies, we’ll be making sure to use all of ‘em.
For the 2024 model year, hatchback models will arrive at dealerships this summer followed by sedan models a couple of months later.
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