2021 Mazda CX-3 small crossover returns for another year unchanged

The 2021 Mazda CX-3 small crossover SUV remains unchanged from 2020 and starts at the same $21,740 price, including $1,100 destination fee, the automaker announced this week. 

The only news may be that it’s still available to shoppers in the U.S. A larger 2020 Mazda CX-30 small crossover, designed for North American drivers, now shares the same showroom as the CX-3 and the two crossovers share similar goals, although not many similar parts. The CX-3 was Mazda’s least expensive model until the introduction of the base 2021 Mazda 3 sedan undercut it at $21,445.  

It appears ready for discontinuation here,

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2021 Mazda 3 starts just over $20,000, but top Turbo can cost nearly $40,000

The 2021 Mazda 3 compact sedan and hatchback gets simultaneously cheaper and more expensive with a broader lineup that  includes a new entry-level model and a new range-topping turbocharged model.

The 2021 Mazda 3 2.0 sedan with the small 155-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4 new for 2021 starts at $21,445, while the top 2021 Mazda 3 hatchback starts at $34,695 with all the bells, whistles, and turbochargers, the automaker announced Tuesday. All prices listed include $945 destination ($990 in Alaska). 

The middle of the pack gets a modest price bump from 2020 models of $150 on Preferred trims and $350 on Premium

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New 2021 Mazda 3 compact car upgrades to three available engines

The 2021 Mazda 3 compact car will offer three available engines when it goes on sale, including a new entry-level inline-4. Following the news of the return of a larger turbocharged engine, Mazda revealed a smaller 155-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-4 to complement the 2.5-liter engines available in the sedan and hatchback, the automaker announced Wednesday.

The smaller 2.0-liter inline-4 that makes 155-hp and 150 pound-feet of torque will come with front-wheel drive on the sedan only. A similar engine tuned to 148 hp powers the 2020 Mazda CX-3 small crossover. It likely will be the base engine offering in the Mazda

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2021 Mazda 3 spins out a turbocharged all-wheel-drive compact contender

It’s been a long time coming, but a turbocharger finally returns to the Mazda 3. Just don’t call it a Mazdaspeed 3. 

The 2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo makes 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque from its 2.5-liter turbo-4 with 93 octane gas, the automaker announced Wednesday. The torque-rich engine doesn’t match the 263-hp Mazdaspeed 3 that was discontinued in 2013, but it boosts the Mazda 3 back into the hot hatch discussion. 

Redesigned for 2019, the Mazda 3 lost some of the handling verve that made it an eager but underpowered competitor to the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Hyundai

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