2022 Mazda3 Sport (CNW Group/Mazda Canada Inc.)

By Veeno Dewan

For 2022, the Mazda3 Sport Turbo carries over without any significant changes. Introduced during the 2019 model year, the fourth generation Mazda3 has been crowned both 2020 and 2021 AJAC Canadian Car of the Year. Much loved for its sporty looks, and sprightly performance, the Mazda3 arrives as either a hatchback or a sedan.
Powertrain offering include the latest version of Mazda’s Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter I-4 with cylinder deactivation making 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque, or the 2.0-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv offering 155hp and 150lb-ft torque. There is the option of either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Also of note is the availability of the Mazda3 Sport with the option of All Wheel Drive via an i-Activ AWD system for the first time. This is a significant development. Previously there has been little choice in this sector of sedans. Now you can order the All-Wheel Drive option on Sport GS and GT grades on both the sedan and the hatchback.
We tested a 2022 Mazda3 Sport Turbo, hatchback the top Mazda3 in the model lineup at a price of $36,000. While base Mazda3’s come with front-wheel drive and a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, the Turbo gets all-wheel drive and a much more potent turbocharged 2.5-liter unit with a hefty 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque that allows the turbo 3 to run the 100 km/h dash from a standstill in just under 6 seconds. Note that 250hp is available when you run premium fuel. On lower octane gas the Mazda3 Turbo’s power output drops to 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.
Sadly, that engine can only be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, but nevertheless performance is till excellent with the six-speed auto box. You also gain features such as G-Vectoring Control Plus, LED headlights and daytime running lights, advanced keyless entry (proximity and ignition), and navigation system. Also featured was a power-operated glass moonroof with interior sunshade, tilt-up ventilation feature, 18” alloy wheels power adjustable driver’s seat, heated seats, and steering wheel, 8.8-inch color display for Mazda Connect, HMI Commander, Apple Carplay and Android, plus a rear-view camera with 7” LCD display.
Options include ta Premium Package ($2,500) that includes: Leather trimmed upholstery, power adjustable driver’s seat (10-way, includes lumbar support), driver’s seat memory function, Smart Brake Support Rear, Smart Brake Support, Rear Crossing , rear parking sensors, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio advanced keyless entry (proximity and ignition), navigation system, Traffic Sign Recognition System (TSR), front wiper de-icer, HomeLink® wireless control system, auto-dimming exterior mirrors with memory seat link. The sublime signature Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint is $450 extra.
Also, on the safety front there is Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring, and Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, windshield-projected colour Active Driving Display, and a host of other equipment. The interior is exemplary with a sporty, neat driver orientated cockpit. Fit and finish is extraordinary with premium materials and thoughtful design throughout. The Premium package option model delivers outstanding leather seating and trim that would not be amiss in an Audi! The dash features an 8.8-inch infotainment display situated higher up and set angled towards the driver. The “Commander” control knob on the center console, for the infotainment system is simple to use and quick in reaction. The new design is much appreciated for less eye distraction. In front of the driver is a configurable screen showing a speedometer, fuel economy information, or active safety info. Premium models get a proper head-up display with featured speed and navigation data. The cabin also features specially designed seats and ergonomics that make the driver feel as if they are at one with the car, the front cabin is roomy enough, although it’s a squeeze to fit three large adults in the back. Cargo capacity is rated at 566 liters (1,330 liters total with rear down.)
On the road, the 2022 Mazda3 GT offers smooth drive dynamics and an exceptionally quiet cabin, and it all carries an air of luxury befitting a much more expensive vehicle. A distinct advantage with its superior grip and well-balanced torque delivery is had with the help of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus stability control system – which uses an imperceptibly light drag on the outside front brake to aid in cornering. Despite the softer ride, the Mazda3 still remains fun, sporty, and engaging to drive. The 2.5-liter L4 Engine never runs out of steam and is a lively willing performer with smooth quick gear changes. Not a lot to complain about, fuel economy is rated at 10.2/100 km (city) / 7.3L/100 (highway) / 8.7L/100 km (combined). The 2022 Mazda3 Sport Turbo offer drivers of all stripes a fun-to-drive sporty performance car that will put a smile on everyone’s face. Highly recommended.

2022 Mazda3 Sport Turbo: Base priced from $36,300. Plus, options and delivery
More info at www.mazda.ca