2023 Mazda 3 Drops Base Engine, Gains Horsepower and MPG

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Photo credit: Mazda
Photo credit: Mazda
  • The 2023 Mazda 3 gets some updates and new pricing now that the base 2.0L model is gone.

  • The naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine now makes 191 horsepower and gets an mpg bump.

  • The sedan starts at $23,615, and pricing ranges up to $36,365 for a loaded turbocharged hatchback model.

The 2023 Mazda 3 lineup benefits from some updates to the powertrain offerings, and prices are up. There's no more 2.0 base model, as the 2.5 S trim with its naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four is now the cheapest version available, starting at $23,615 for the sedan. That represents an $1850 increase over the 2022 model, although that's offset by the fact that the 2.5 S is better-equipped and more powerful than the previous 155-hp 2.0 model.

In fact, the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine now makes a bit more horsepower than it did before, with a 5 hp increase bumping it up to 191 hp. The 250-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four is still available on higher trims, starting at $33,515.

The naturally aspirated model's fuel-economy improvements are thanks to an updated cylinder-deactivation system. Combined ratings are up by 1 mpg for most models, and the city and highway ratings are up as well. Front-wheel drive remains standard and all-wheel drive is an option on the 2.5 S Carbon Edition and standard on the 2.5 S Premium and 2.5 Turbo models. The front-wheel-drive 3 2.5 S Premium hatchback remains available with a six-speed manual transmission and that version starts at $30,215.

Mazda says that the 2023 Mazda 3 hatchback will arrive this fall, with the sedan slated to follow in the winter.

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