Editors’ Picks: Top Cars We Drove in 2021

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2021 Mazda Mazda3 2.5 Turbo
Mazda’s sport compact, the redesigned fourth-generation Mazda3 debuted as a 2019 model and for the first time offered all-wheel drive. Mazda has previously offered a hot-hatch version with the MAZDASPEED3, which returns without the MAZDASPEED name as the 2021 Mazda Mazda3 2.5 Turbo. The Japan-based automaker originally developed the SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine for the larger CX-9 crossover, which was later added to the CX-5 and Mazda6 before making its way to the smaller Mazda3. The 2.5 Turbo engine produces 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque when using 93 octane gasoline, but even on 89 octane it’s rated at 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm. The 2.5 Turbo gets combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode and Sport mode, as well as i-ACTIV AWD.

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