It’s fair to claim you won’t see as many hatchbacks on the roads and highways of Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area as you will in places like Europe. North America traditionally prefers four-door sedans to five-door hatches, but the 2023 Mazda3 Sport is a five-door compact car that makes a strong case for the hatchback format. The Mazda3 Sport looks sensational, and things get even more impressive as you investigate further and get to know it better.
The 2023 Mazda3 Sport is available in three or four trim levels, depending on where you’re looking at the time on the Mazda website. When you first go to the Mazda3 Sport section, there are four trim levels, but the configurator only offers three choices. It’s nothing incorrect or sinister, however. It comes down to whether or not you think a different engine option constitutes a separate trim level.
The lineup begins with the entry-level 2023 Mazda3 Sport GX and goes to the mid-range GS and the top-of-the-range GT. However, the mysterious fourth trim level is what many people will refer to as the GT Turbo, which is effectively the GT trim level with an engine upgrade and standard AWD.
It would be monumentally disappointing if a car looked as sporty and full of get-up-and-go as the 2023 Mazda3 Sport but didn’t deliver a driving experience and performance to match. However, that’s not an issue here, as the Mazda3 Sport delivers plenty of driver engagement at all grades and several different configuration options to suit different drivers. The non-turbo engines have a six-speed manual transmission available, but if you want AWD, you’ll be limited to the six-speed automatic.
The standard engine for the GX and GX models is a 2.0-litre four-pot developing 155 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque. Then there’s a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine available for the GS and standard with the GT with 191 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque. The most powerful option is a 2.5-litre turbo-four available for the GT trim level that produces 227 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft., or 250 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. if you replace standard with premium gas.
Smaller cars can’t compete with larger vehicles for internal space, but the 2023 Mazda3 Sport compensates for its diminutive proportions with an interior that exudes style and quality. With fewer trim levels than other markets, the entry-level Mazda3 Sport GX is a well-equipped model that’s genuinely worth considering. Standard features include 16-inch alloys, LED lights, heated front seats, and an infotainment system with an 8.8-inch screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The GS trim level builds on that with a heated steering wheel, automatic dual-zone climate control, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop and Go function, and the option to upgrade to the 2.5-litre engine and AWD. The GT steps things up considerably with a standard 360-degree View Monitor, front and rear parking sensors, 18-inch alloys, leather upholstery, Adaptive Front-lighting System, automatic headlight levelling, navigation, and a Bose premium sound system with twelve speakers.
It’s never been easy to convince shoppers to choose five-door hatchbacks, but the 2023 Mazda3 Sport could be the car to do it. It’s stylish, practical, great to drive, and good value for money, so check it out today with a test drive from Erin Mills Mazda at 2400 Motorway Blvd, Mississauga, ON, or call us at (905)-828-0070 for more information about price and availability and schedule an appointment for a time that’s suitable for you.