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2023 Mazda 3 Drops Base Engine, Gains Horsepower and MPG

Sedan and hatchback models with the naturally aspirated engine now make 191 hp, and prices range from $23,615 up to $36,365.

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Because it no longer offers a base 2.0-liter engine, the 2023 Mazda 3 receives a facelift and new pricing.

The 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated engine produces 191 HP and has improved fuel economy.

The base price for the sedan is $23,615 and the top price for a fully equipped turbo hatchback is $36,365.

There are price hikes for the 2023 Mazda 3, but the lineup’s powertrain options have been improved. Since the 2.0 has been discontinued, the 2.5 S trim with its naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four is now the cheapest version available, with the sedan starting at $23,615. This is a jump of $1850 from the 2022 model year, but the 2.5 S has more standard features and more horsepower than the outgoing 2.0 model (which produced 155 hp), so the overall cost is about the same.

The power output of the 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated engine has been increased by 5 horsepower, bringing the total output to 191 horsepower. The higher trims still offer the 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four that produces 250 hp, starting at $33,515.

Improvements in fuel economy for the naturally aspirated model have been made possible by a revised cylinder-deactivation system. Most models see an increase of 1 mpg in both city and highway ratings, and a total of 2 mpg in their newer iterations. However, the 2.5 S Carbon Edition offers all-wheel drive as a standard feature, while the 2.5 S Premium and the 2.5 Turbo come standard with front-wheel drive. The base price of a front-wheel-drive 2015 Mazda 3 2.5 S Premium hatchback with a six-speed manual transmission is $30,215.

The 2023 Mazda 3 hatchback is expected to hit dealerships this fall, with the sedan to follow in the winter, as stated by Mazda.