Mazda3 drivers often comment on how well-balanced and precise this small sedan is on both the highway and surface streets.
There’s no question that the Mada3 offers an enjoyable drive. Mazda is known for providing all of the elements that make a car handle well, shoot off the line, and change directions with ease.
For the first time ever, the Mazda3 now comes with an option for a turbocharged engine. It’s hard to imagine Mazda making this car any more fun to drive, but the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine opens entirely new paths for your enjoyment.
Understanding Turbo Engines
While turbocharged engines have been around for a while, not everyone really knows what makes the difference. Sure, the word “turbo” definitely makes the engine sound faster, but there’s more to it than that.
While a turbocharged engine is definitely a complex machine, you don’t have to know how each part works to understand the bottom line. A turbocharger is essentially just a system that helps an engine produce more power. The turbo portion of the powertrain sucks in air chills it and then forces it back into the engine.
On top of greater power and torque, turbocharged engines are typically smaller than standard engines will similar power outputs. That means the powertrain has less weight and can move a little faster. It also means better overall efficiency with lower emission outputs.
Get More From Your Mazda3
There are hardly any complaints regarding Mazda’s regular, non-turbo engines. The standard 2.0-liter engine produces a solid 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. This is a fine place to start with such a peppy sedan. Of course, the available 2.5-liter engine has been a hit for years. It offers 186 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque to keep you moving.
The all-new 2.5-liter turbocharged engine offers several advantages. The fact that it’s the same size as the largest non-turbo option but offers 277 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque should speak volumes.
That means your Mazda3 will enjoy faster speeds and more power without increasing the car’s overall weight. You’ll be able to zoom down the highway like a rocket. In fact, you’ll be able to blast off from zero to 60 mpg in a mere 5.6 seconds and reach the top speed of 134 mph in just under 30 seconds.
On top of having a quicker ride, your Mazda3 keeps you moving with an impressive 27 mpg combined fuel economy. That means you won’t have to make those pesky stops at the gas station and ruin your fun.
Seeing Is Believing
While reading about stats and specs is a surefire way to see that the turbocharged engine can offer more fun, there’s nothing like a first-hand experience to seal the deal. Stop by your local Mazda dealer and schedule a test drive. You can compare the various powertrains to see just how much fun more power offers. You won’t be disappointed, that’s a guarantee.