Why Can’t All Affordable Cars Be As Good As The Mazda3?

Clearly we like this car.

There are compact sedans and hatchbacks, and then there’s the Mazda3 four- and five-door combo. It’s almost as if Mazda decided to build an affordable and front-wheel-drive version of a BMW. So yeah, it’s fair to say that the Mazda3 is the poor man’s BMW, or, perhaps, the smart and more cost-conscious buyer’s BMW. Today’s review is, of course, all about the 2016 Mazda3, specifically the five-door Grand Touring hatchback. Bottom line: we love this car. Whether you go for the sedan or hatch, you’ll have a choice of either the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque, or the optional 2.5-liter with 184 ponies and 185 lb-ft.

Why Can’t All Affordable Cars Be As Good As The Mazda3?

Both can be had with either a six-speed manual or six-speed slushbox with paddle shifters. But trust us, this car fully deserves the manual. What’s always made the Mazda3 a standout is its fun-to-drive factor, a core ethos of the Japanese automaker. This third generation Mazda3 has a more premium feel than ever inside and out and, yes, it could be a BMW 2 Series and Audi A3 sedan alternative if either of those are stretching your budget.

Why Can’t All Affordable Cars Be As Good As The Mazda3?

Why Can’t All Affordable Cars Be As Good As The Mazda3?

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