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The 2021 Mazda 3 is one of the more entertaining small sedans around. That's particularly true for this year since Mazda has introduced a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Borrowed from the Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 SUVs, this engine produces 227 hp and a stout 310 lb-ft of torque (250 hp and 320 lb-ft on 93 octane gasoline). It comes standard with all-wheel drive, too.

The turbocharged model is undoubtedly the one to get if you want a speedy Mazda 3. But this isn't a revival of the Mazdaspeed 3. That cult classic, last seen in 2013, upgraded the standard 3 with a turbocharged engine, a sport-tuned suspension and a six-speed manual transmission. The new Mazda 3's turbocharged engine is automatic-only and doesn't come with any other performance upgrades, but its effortless thrust and impressive refinement are nice complements to the car's steady handling and premium design.

Still, athleticism and good looks only get you so far. Compared to the Honda Civic, Kia Forte and Subaru Impreza, the Mazda 3 comes up short when it comes to rear passenger and cargo space. But there's more than enough good here to make it worth checking out, especially if you enjoy a small car with extra oomph.

What's it like to live with?

In order to get the full ownership experience, we added a 2020 Mazda 3 sedan to the Edmunds long-term test fleet. Over the course of a year and 20,000 miles, we'll have a variety of opinions, updates and data. You can read all about it here.

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Forget the Miata. The next most famous enthusiast-loved-- OK, not the RX-7. Forget the RX-7. The third most famous enthusiast-loved Mazda has got to be the Mazdaspeed 3. It was an excellent hot hatch when it wasn't trying to torque steer you into a wall. \n\nAnd now Mazda has slapped a turbo badge on their current hatchback, the Mazda 3. They've called it the Mazda 3 Turbo. It's not a Mazdaspeed 3, they say. And I say that's a good thing, because it's better. Before we get into the details on this particular car, if you want to see more videos and car reviews like this, click the link below to subscribe. And for a cash offer on your car today, go to edmunds.com/sellmycar. \n\nThe normal 3 is available with either 155 or 186 horsepower. But now Mazda has added a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, borrowing it from bigger Mazda vehicles like the CX-5. It puts out 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque on 93 octane gas. If, like us, you're in a state with only 91 octane, you get 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. That's still strong, but is it better than any Speed 3? \n\nIn terms of price and performance, the Turbo 3 competes against vehicles like the Subaru WRX and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. It straddles a line though in between less expensive and slower vehicles like the Civic Sport, but it's not quite as fast as something like the Civic Type R. Thankfully, to offset the high price of the Turbo 3, it has got one of the nicest interiors in the class. \n\nIt's extremely well built. It's almost minimalist on the dashboard. There are great buttons, lots of awesome materials in here. And it feels borderline luxury, which is why for the money I think it's a great competitor for vehicles like the Mercedes A220 or the Audi A3. Those are entry-level luxury vehicles that you're going to get less standard equipment on until you start adding up the options, but you're going to get a similar vibe on the interior. Really if you took the Mazda badges off, I'd think this was a luxury hatchback. \n\nSo with all that torque and all-wheel drive, is the Mazda 3 Turbo faster? Well, compared to the standard Mazda 3, it blows the doors off, so no competition. And even the upgraded power train with 188, 186 horsepower is faster than that one. And compared to the old Speed 3, that's where things get closer. \n\nBut this current version, the Turbo 3, still faster-- 0 to 60, quarter mile. It's faster off the line. And we have the added benefit of using all-wheel drive for not just launching in a street race or at the drag strip, which is the only place you should race, but you get all-weather capability too, which is great. \n\nAnd I think this 2.5-liter engine is actually a little bit underdeveloped. There's some potential that's waiting here. I would love to slap some bronze aftermarket wheels and some sticky tires on this car, and take it out to a track day. It seems like it would be a riot to drive really, really fast. \n\nNow, I've taken it around the Edmunds test track, and I've taken it to B roads that are really great to drive in my area. And I really love the way the steering and the handling feels. It's sharp. It's direct. It doesn't have a lot of body roll. But this Turbo 3 is a little bit more hardcore than the standard version. \n\nSo does it lose any comfort? No. It's still just as refined, just as easy to drive as the standard 3. And you get a little bit of throaty turbo noise from under the hood. It really is a pleasure out on the road and a vehicle that you can live with easily on a daily basis that offers a lot more performance than the standard variable. \n\nCompared to the old Mazda 3, this one is so much easier to drive too. We looked at our test notes from the 2010 Mazda Speed 3, and our test driver had the same thing to say every time he took it out on track, which is that it was a nightmare to launch. You had to match the RPMs correctly and get the wheel spin just right. Otherwise it would bog down off the line. And really this one, you just press the throttle and go. \n\nI would really love to own one of these and modify it, make it my own, tint the windows, and put bronze aftermarket wheels and sticky tires on it, take it to the track and see what it's really like to drive at the limit. And there are few cars that I can say that about. At Edmunds we test and review hundreds of cars every year, so it's hard to find the cross axis of something that's attainable and desirable, but this Mazda 3 Turbo is definitely on that shortlist. \n\nSo is the Mazda 3 Turbo the Mazda Speed 3 for 2021? Not really. But it's better than that. It's more refined. It's easier to drive. \n\nAnd it's grown up. It's matured with the segment around it. All the other compact sedans and hatchbacks are more grown up these days than they were a decade ago. \n\nSo you want your Mazda 3 Turbo to be shoutier? Well, go out and buy a shouty exhaust. You want it to attract more attention? Well, then paint it a bright color. Put big wheels on it. Do body underglow. I'm here for all that stuff. But if the real reason you want a Mazdaspeed 3 is because you just like that emblem on the back, you can do what I did and go on eBay. \n\nFor a cash offer on your car today, go to edmunds.com/sellmycar. For more information on the Mazda 3 Turbo and all its competitors, click the link in the description below. And if you like this video, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel. \n\n[MUSIC PLAYING]","thumbnailUrl":"https://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/mazda/3/2021/ot/2021_mazda_3_f34_ot_31721_175.jpg","contentUrl":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSzmpaIkpWg","uploadDate":"2021-03-17"}]

2021 Mazda 3

MSRP range: $20,650 - $32,600
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$21,960
Edmunds suggests you pay
$21,168

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2021 Mazda 3 Review

  • Premium interior design and materials
  • Sharp handling makes it fun to drive
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Game-changing acceleration with turbocharged engine
  • Mediocre legroom in the back seat
  • Less cargo capacity than other small cars
  • No manual transmission offered with sedan
  • Two new four-cylinders bookend engine lineup, including a turbocharged 2.5-liter
  • Turbo models come with black-painted exterior trim and black wheels
  • Newly available advanced driver aids
  • Part of the fourth Mazda 3 generation introduced for 2019
  • The 2021 Mazda 3 is one of the more entertaining small sedans around. That's particularly true for this year since Mazda has introduced a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Borrowed from the Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 SUVs, this engine produces 227 hp and a stout 310 lb-ft of torque (250 hp and 320 lb-ft on 93 octane gasoline). It comes standard with all-wheel drive, too.

    The turbocharged model is undoubtedly the one to get if you want a speedy Mazda 3. But this isn't a revival of the Mazdaspeed 3. That cult classic, last seen in 2013, upgraded the standard 3 with a turbocharged engine, a sport-tuned suspension and a six-speed manual transmission. The new Mazda 3's turbocharged engine is automatic-only and doesn't come with any other performance upgrades, but its effortless thrust and impressive refinement are nice complements to the car's steady handling and premium design.

    Still, athleticism and good looks only get you so far. Compared to the Honda Civic, Kia Forte and Subaru Impreza, the Mazda 3 comes up short when it comes to rear passenger and cargo space. But there's more than enough good here to make it worth checking out, especially if you enjoy a small car with extra oomph.

    What's it like to live with?

    In order to get the full ownership experience, we added a 2020 Mazda 3 sedan to the Edmunds long-term test fleet. Over the course of a year and 20,000 miles, we'll have a variety of opinions, updates and data. You can read all about it here.

    EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
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    The Mazda 3 offers a premium interior, great road manners and appealing fuel economy. You could say it's a bargain premium sedan. But it could use improved infotainment system functionality and a more potent engine.
    Mazda has always prioritized excellent driving characteristics, and this Mazda 3 is no different. When the road stops being straight, the Mazda 3 delivers handling that is comfortable and confidence-inspiring. It feels balanced, changes directions readily and stays controlled around turns. The steering is quick and precise too.

    The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder is eager and delivers smooth power from the onset, but it really gets going from the middle of the rev range. Merging onto freeways isn't a problem. In Edmunds testing, our all-wheel-drive Mazda 3 sedan covered 0-60 mph in a reasonably quick 8.3 seconds.

    Want more get-up-and-go? The optional turbocharged 2.5-liter engine certainly delivers, whittling the 0-60 mph time way down to 6.1 seconds in our track test of the hatchback. That's a whole new ballgame. It's refined too, with an abundance of thrust that's readily available. Just a gentle prod of the throttle enables easy passing and merging.
    Mazda has succeeded in delivering a sporty premium experience without sacrificing comfort. Credit goes to the supportive front seats and quiet cabin at highway speeds. It's not perfect, however: Our test car's air-conditioning system didn't seem sufficiently powerful, and some of our expert drivers found the seat's head restraint too intrusive.

    The Mazda 3 is meant to be a sporty sedan, so it has a well-controlled suspension that limits body motion. While this makes for a comparatively stiffer ride, the suspension is still compliant and absorbs bumps and pavement irregularities quite well.
    Front passengers will enjoy their space, but taller drivers might wish the steering wheel telescoped out more. Rear legroom and headroom are below average, so the rear seating area can feel snug if the front occupants slide their seats back. That space, as well as rearward visibility, seems to have been sacrificed in the name of sleek styling.

    While the Mazda 3 display screen lacks touchscreen functionality, the single-knob controller is intuitive. This controller-based interface is one of the best around. Nothing is complicated in this car. The controls and buttons are easy to see and understand. The setup doesn't take long to get used to, and once you do, a glance is all it takes to verify and select a function.
    The audio system sounds great, and the 8.8-inch infotainment screen looks vibrant and works well with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. But while we do like the single-knob controller, the lack of full-time touchscreen functionality ultimately limits what the system can do.

    Mazda's suite of advanced driver safety features is standard on all models. Most of the aids work pretty well. But we have noticed that in heavy traffic, the adaptive cruise control can stop abruptly even when it's not strictly necessary.
    The Mazda 3 sedan's trunk is a little smaller than average for this class of vehicle. It does offer a wide loading area and the trunk is deep, but the wheelwells intrude and pinch down the width from each side. It's still useful, and the 60/40-split rear seatbacks fold down. Storage inside the cabin for small items is a little lacking.

    The 3 isn't the best choice if you have small children. The child safety seat anchors are easy to find and clearly marked in each of the outboard rear seat positions. But larger rear-facing car seats are more apt to encroach on front passenger space because the Mazda 3 isn't as generous in rear legroom as its main rivals.
    The EPA estimates the Mazda 3 sedan will get 30 mpg in combined city/highway driving with front-wheel drive or 28 mpg with all-wheel drive. Both figures are subpar compared to rivals' ratings. However, we recorded 31.5 mpg on our mixed-driving evaluation route in our all-wheel-drive 3 sedan, which is better than expected. We have seen Mazdas fare well in real-world conditions before, so this may not be a fluke.
    The value of the Mazda 3 lies in its premium look and feel. The interior panel gaps are tight, the controls don't feel flimsy, quality materials line the interior, and everything matches up. The only apparent wart is high-gloss black trim in the center console that attracts fingerprints and smudges. To be fair, this is a problem on many luxury cars too. You might pay a little more to get a Mazda 3 compared to other rivals, but it's generally worth it, although the turbo model might seem overpriced next to such all-stars as the Hyundai Elantra N Line and Volkswagen GLI.
    When driving the Mazda 3, the phrase "handles like a Mazda" comes to mind. It means that it's engaging, handles well, and is as fun to drive as its stablemates. Place the transmission in Sport mode, leave it there, then go out into a fun, twisty road and you'll develop an ear-to-ear grin in no time. Consumers who want a sporty, luxurious automobile but don't want to pay outrageous luxury marque prices will find the Mazda 3 very appealing. Just keep an eye on the bottom line if you opt for the turbo engine since there are multiple performance-oriented rivals available for the same money or less.

    Which 3 does Edmunds recommend?

    Step up to the midgrade Mazda 3 2.5 S. It doesn't cost much more than the base 2.0 and gets you more power plus some desirable features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Also consider adding the sensibly priced Select package for its upgraded interior. The new turbocharged engine is cool, but its premium pricing will make it a questionable expense for many drivers. If you like having plenty of power underfoot, though, it's definitely worth a test drive since it really changes the car's character.

    Mazda 3 models

    The 2021 Mazda 3 sedan is available in three trim levels that coincide with the choice in engine: Mazda 3 2.0, Mazda 3 2.5 S and Mazda 2.5 Turbo. The midgrade 2.5 S trim is eligible for all-wheel drive, while the Turbo has it as standard equipment. Both of these models are also eligible for option packages. The Mazda 3 is also available in a hatchback body style.

    The base Mazda 3 2.0 is only offered with front-wheel drive. Standard feature highlights include:

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (155 horsepower, 150 lb-ft of torque)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • 60/40-split folding rear seats
  • Remote vehicle monitoring and control via a smartphone app
  • 8.8-inch infotainment display
  • Eight-speaker audio system
  • Every Mazda 3 also comes with:

  • Frontal collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the vehicle back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Automatic high beams
  • Drowsy driver monitor (issues an alert if sensors determine you are becoming fatigued)
  • Stepping up to the Mazda 3 2.5 S adds:

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (186 hp, 186 lb-ft)
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • From there, you can add three optional packages to the 2.5 S:

  • Select package
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Preferred package
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat with memory settings
  • Heated front seats
  • Sunroof
  • Premium package
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Upgraded exterior lighting with adaptive headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)
  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Leather seats
  • Paddle shifters
  • Integrated navigation system
  • 12-speaker Bose audio system
  • At the top of the lineup is the Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo. It comes with contents of the 2.5 S' optional packages, minus the leather upholstery and navigation system. In addition, it comes with:

  • 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (227 hp and 310 lb-ft on regular or 250 hp and 320 lb-ft on 93 octane gas)
  • All-wheel drive
  • 18-inch black-painted wheels
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Heated steering wheel
  • The Premium Plus package is exclusive to the 2.5 Turbo and buffs up the 3 even more with:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Auto-dimming driver-side mirror
  • Trunklid spoiler
  • Navigation system
  • Leather upholstery
  • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Mazda 3 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Traffic Jam Assist (a partially automated hands-on driving system)
  • Rear automatic braking
  • [MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: The most famous enthusiast-loved Mazda of all time has-- OK, so not the Miata. Forget the Miata. The next most famous enthusiast-loved-- OK, not the RX-7. Forget the RX-7. The third most famous enthusiast-loved Mazda has got to be the Mazdaspeed 3. It was an excellent hot hatch when it wasn't trying to torque steer you into a wall. And now Mazda has slapped a turbo badge on their current hatchback, the Mazda 3. They've called it the Mazda 3 Turbo. It's not a Mazdaspeed 3, they say. And I say that's a good thing, because it's better. Before we get into the details on this particular car, if you want to see more videos and car reviews like this, click the link below to subscribe. And for a cash offer on your car today, go to edmunds.com/sellmycar. The normal 3 is available with either 155 or 186 horsepower. But now Mazda has added a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, borrowing it from bigger Mazda vehicles like the CX-5. It puts out 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque on 93 octane gas. If, like us, you're in a state with only 91 octane, you get 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. That's still strong, but is it better than any Speed 3? In terms of price and performance, the Turbo 3 competes against vehicles like the Subaru WRX and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. It straddles a line though in between less expensive and slower vehicles like the Civic Sport, but it's not quite as fast as something like the Civic Type R. Thankfully, to offset the high price of the Turbo 3, it has got one of the nicest interiors in the class. It's extremely well built. It's almost minimalist on the dashboard. There are great buttons, lots of awesome materials in here. And it feels borderline luxury, which is why for the money I think it's a great competitor for vehicles like the Mercedes A220 or the Audi A3. Those are entry-level luxury vehicles that you're going to get less standard equipment on until you start adding up the options, but you're going to get a similar vibe on the interior. Really if you took the Mazda badges off, I'd think this was a luxury hatchback. So with all that torque and all-wheel drive, is the Mazda 3 Turbo faster? Well, compared to the standard Mazda 3, it blows the doors off, so no competition. And even the upgraded power train with 188, 186 horsepower is faster than that one. And compared to the old Speed 3, that's where things get closer. But this current version, the Turbo 3, still faster-- 0 to 60, quarter mile. It's faster off the line. And we have the added benefit of using all-wheel drive for not just launching in a street race or at the drag strip, which is the only place you should race, but you get all-weather capability too, which is great. And I think this 2.5-liter engine is actually a little bit underdeveloped. There's some potential that's waiting here. I would love to slap some bronze aftermarket wheels and some sticky tires on this car, and take it out to a track day. It seems like it would be a riot to drive really, really fast. Now, I've taken it around the Edmunds test track, and I've taken it to B roads that are really great to drive in my area. And I really love the way the steering and the handling feels. It's sharp. It's direct. It doesn't have a lot of body roll. But this Turbo 3 is a little bit more hardcore than the standard version. So does it lose any comfort? No. It's still just as refined, just as easy to drive as the standard 3. And you get a little bit of throaty turbo noise from under the hood. It really is a pleasure out on the road and a vehicle that you can live with easily on a daily basis that offers a lot more performance than the standard variable. Compared to the old Mazda 3, this one is so much easier to drive too. We looked at our test notes from the 2010 Mazda Speed 3, and our test driver had the same thing to say every time he took it out on track, which is that it was a nightmare to launch. You had to match the RPMs correctly and get the wheel spin just right. Otherwise it would bog down off the line. And really this one, you just press the throttle and go. I would really love to own one of these and modify it, make it my own, tint the windows, and put bronze aftermarket wheels and sticky tires on it, take it to the track and see what it's really like to drive at the limit. And there are few cars that I can say that about. At Edmunds we test and review hundreds of cars every year, so it's hard to find the cross axis of something that's attainable and desirable, but this Mazda 3 Turbo is definitely on that shortlist. So is the Mazda 3 Turbo the Mazda Speed 3 for 2021? Not really. But it's better than that. It's more refined. It's easier to drive. And it's grown up. It's matured with the segment around it. All the other compact sedans and hatchbacks are more grown up these days than they were a decade ago. So you want your Mazda 3 Turbo to be shoutier? Well, go out and buy a shouty exhaust. You want it to attract more attention? Well, then paint it a bright color. Put big wheels on it. Do body underglow. I'm here for all that stuff. But if the real reason you want a Mazdaspeed 3 is because you just like that emblem on the back, you can do what I did and go on eBay. For a cash offer on your car today, go to edmunds.com/sellmycar. For more information on the Mazda 3 Turbo and all its competitors, click the link in the description below. And if you like this video, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel. [MUSIC PLAYING]

    2021 Mazda 3 Turbo Review | Why It's Better Than a Mazdaspeed

    The Mazda 3 Turbo isn't a new Mazdaspeed 3, but Travis Langness argues that's a good thing.

    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    $20,650
    MPG & Fuel
    28 City / 36 Hwy / 31 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gal. capacity
    Seating
    5 seats
    Drivetrain
    Type: front wheel drive
    Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
    Engine
    Inline 4 cylinder
    Horsepower: 155 hp @ 6000 rpm
    Torque: 150 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    3 yr./ 36000 mi.
    Dimensions
    Length: 183.5 in. / Height: 56.9 in. / Width: 70.7 in.
    Curb Weight: 3100 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 13.2 cu.ft.

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    Warns if you are rapidly approaching a vehicle, pedestrian or bicyclist. Can apply the brakes to reduce the severity of a collision.
    Mazda Radar Cruise Control
    Maintains a driver-selected distance between the Mazda 3 and the car in front.
    Lane Departure Warning System
    Alerts the driver if the Mazda 3 begins wandering outside its lane.

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good




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    What's a good price for a New 2021 Mazda 3?

    2021 Mazda 3 2.0 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

    The 2021 Mazda 3 2.0 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $21,960. The average price paid for a new 2021 Mazda 3 2.0 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $792 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    2021 Mazda 3 Preferred 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)

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    2021 Mazda 3 Select 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
    30 compined MPG,
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    2021 Mazda 3 2.0 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
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    30 compined MPG,
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    front wheel drive
    Displacement
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    Passenger Volume
    106.0 cu.ft.
    Wheelbase
    107.3 in.
    Length
    183.5 in.
    Width
    70.7 in.
    Height
    56.9 in.
    Curb Weight
    3100 lbs.

    Should I lease or buy a 2021 Mazda 3?

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