When someone buys a luxury car, they’re usually looking for an upscale design, rich interior materials, an extra-solid driving experience, lots of features, and a prestigious badge. Now, we won’t pretend the 2020 Mazda3 meets that final criterion. But Mazda’s compact car ticks all the other boxes.
Though it’s priced from a reasonable $21,500 as a four-door sedan and $23,700 as a five-door hatchback, the Mazda3 isn’t much like its on-paper peers. This isn’t a functional, fuel-sipping economy car. And despite Mazda’s performance-focused brand image, it’s not a zippy little sports car, either. Rather, it delivers a convincingly high-end flavor that eludes even some luxury brands — along with a rare all-wheel-drive option — and does so at bargain prices. If Mazda’s unique take on the compact car sounds intriguing, keep reading as we discuss all its pros and cons.