Pricing for the new 2021 Mazda3 will start at $20,500 in Canada, or $2,500 more than the 2020 model.
The base model GX now includes more standard features including blind-spot monitoring and heated front seats.
2021 Mazda3 goes on sale this fall
At Mazda, the past week has belonged to the new Mazda3 GT 2.5L Turbo AWD. Although we are excited about this new hot-hatch, the bulk of Mazda3 sales will come from its non-turbocharged selection of sedans and hatchbacks.
Although the 2021 Mazda3 GX’s base price has increased, it remains less expensive or on par with its most direct competitors, namely the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla. The Hyundai Elantra still provides more value but the gap is not as great as it once was.
The standard 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine provides 155 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque. It is included in both the GX and GS sedans. With the GS, the 186 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque delivered by the naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine is optional with the sedan and includes the 6-speed automatic transmission. The GS Sport necessarily contains the 2.5-litre and can be mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. Here, Mazda’s i-Activ AWD is available with the 2.5-litre and includes the automatic transmission. Finally, all GT versions are equipped with the 2.5-litre and, with the sole exception of the Sport GT 2.5L 6MT Premium Package, all get the automatic transmission. AWD is also an option.
Here’s a look at the three versions of the 2021 Mazda3.
2021 Mazda3 GX – $20,500 (Sedan) – $21,500 (Sport)
The bump in price is due to the previous GX Convenience Package (16-inch alloy wheels, blind-spot monitoring, air conditioning, heated front seats, and more) and previously GS-only items such as automatic on/off headlights and rain-sensing wiper are now included.
Other standard features include a 7-inch LCD display, an 8.8-inch center display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, push-button start, and LED exterior lighting.
2021 Mazda3 GS – $22,900 (Sedan) – $24,200 (Sport)
With the 2.5-litre and automatic transmission, the GS trim brings with it the full suite of i-Activsense safety features. This involves the Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Smart City Brake Support Front, Pedestrian Detection Lane-keep Assist System and Lane Departure Warning System, and many more. Standard for all GS cars are a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate, and all the GS’ kit.
An optional Luxury Package adds leatherette, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, a power moonroof, exterior mirrors with reverse tilt-down function, and more.
2021 Mazda3 GT – $28,500 (Sedan) – $29,500 (Sport)
Newly available in the top trim are Traffic Sign Recognition, SiriusXM Traffic Plus, and Travel Link services with a 5-year trial subscription, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, navigation, and the elements offered in the GS’ option Luxury package with one exception: Leather replaces leatherette. Other included amenities are a 12-speaker Bose audio system, Adaptive Front-lighting System advanced keyless entry and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Premium Package adds a plethora of tech features including more safety systems. Look for Smart Brake Support Rear, Smart Brake Support Rear Crossing, a head-up display, front wiper de-icer, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and Traffic Jam Assist.