For a relatively small automaker with a relatively small product line, Mazda consistently churns out some excellent vehicles. With the spirit of the MX-5 roadster baked into all their offerings, they put an emphasis on driving pleasure.
There aren’t any new Mazda models coming in 2021 and you’ll have to wait a little longer for the electric MX-30, but every single product currently offered will get a series of updates from added features to new trim lines. Here are some of the significant ones you can expect in showrooms in the coming months:
Mazda3 and CX-30 move further upmarket
The Mazda3 and 3 Sport, very important products for Mazda even in the face of the ever-growing SUV craze are getting an all-new Turbo option. It will continue to move this compact sedan and hatchback more upmarket, an area where Mazda says more of its customers are heading.
Unlike previous iterations of turbocharged Mazda3s, this one will sway toward the luxury end of things rather than the hot hatch segment the Civic Type R lives in. Although Mazda was quick to point out that the 320 lb-ft of torque it will produce from its 2.5-L turbo 4-cylinder is the highest in its class, besting even the racy Honda. The intention here is to target that all-important entry-level luxury customer that was considering an Audi A3 or BMW 2 series.
The Turbo will start at $32,900 and will come standard with all-wheel drive and the 6-speed automatic. A manual will likely not be offered.
The base 2021 Mazda3 GX sedan will start at $20,500, $2500 more than last year but it will include more standard equipment like A/C, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, 16” alloy wheels, and a slew of additional driving aids.
The turbo option will also become available on the 2021 CX-30, which doesn’t see many changes since its introduction this year. And like the Mazda3, the base CX-30 will also get additional equipment, although, in a somewhat strange decision by Mazda, both will drop the cylinder deactivation feature from the 2.5-L 4-cylinder.
CX-3 lives on
Rumours about the CX-3’s demise were proven unfounded as it too will get some attention in the way of a new $500 custom appearance package that includes white and tan upholstery and a few unique trim bits inside and out.
With the expectation that the new slightly larger CX-30 would cannibalize the CX-30s sales, Mazda says the pint-size crossover has its own customer base and has remained successful on the sales charts.
Wireless Apple Carplay
A feature once only found on high-end BMWs, connecting your iPhone to a car has always required the cable but wireless Apple Carplay is now available on the CX-3, CX-5, CX-9, and the Mazda6.
Celebrating its 100th-anniversary last year, Mazda is making 100th-anniversary edition packages available on Mazda3, CX-5, CX-9 and the MX-5, all inspired by Mazda’s first passenger car, the R360. Each will represent that car’s red and white colour scheme using Snowflake white paint and Garnet red interior combos along with badging and distinctive trim elements.
There will also be a “Kuro” edition trim for the 2021 Mazda CX-5, CX-9 and Mazda6. Available in 2 colours only: Jet Black Mica and Polymetal Grey Metallic, paired to a Garnet red leather interior with black accents. The Kuro edition is another play at the luxury market and vehicles equipped with it feature premium options like automatic climate control, a power driver’s seat with memory and most of the i-Active Safety sense suite including blind-spot monitoring and radar cruise control with stop and go.