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2021 Mazda 3 pricing and specs detailed: Toyota Corolla, Hyundai i30 and Kia Cerato rival continues to creep up in cost

The current-generation Mazda3 has been on sale for nearly two years.

Mazda Australia has increased the fourth-generation Mazda3 small hatchback and sedan’s pricing for the third time since their staggered launch started almost two years ago.

While the entry-level Pure grade has held steady for 2021, the next-up Evolve is now $100 dearer, while the mid-range Touring and range-topping GT and Astina have become $200 more expensive.

As a result, the Mazda3 range still starts from $25,590 plus on-road costs for the manual G20 Pure, but it now reaches $41,790 for the automatic X20 Astina (see full pricing table below).

For reference, pricing for variants available at the time went up $250 during MY19 and $350 for MY20. The G20 Pure (+$600), G20/G25 Evolve (+$700), G20 Touring (+$800), G25 GT (+$800), G25 Astina (+$800) and X20 Astina (+$200) have therefore slowly crept up in cost.

Speaking to CarsGuide, a Mazda Australia spokesperson confirmed no changes have been to the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai i30 and Kia Cerato rival’s standard specification, with external factors instead at play once more.

As before, G20 variants are powered by a 114kW/200Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, while their G25 counterparts are motivated by a 139kW/252Nm 2.5-litre unit.

Meanwhile, X20 versions get a 132kW/224Nm 2.0-litre ‘supercharged’ four-cylinder petrol engine with Mazda’s innovative SkyActiv-X compression-ignition technology and a 24V mild-hybrid system.

All three engines have two transmission options: a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque-converter automatic. Either way, drive is sent to the front wheels.

As reported, the current Mazda3 is set to get its first update in the second half of this year, although local details are yet to be confirmed.

2021 Mazda3 hatchback and sedan pricing before on-road costs

G20 Puremanual$25,590 (N/A)
G20 Pureautomatic$26,590 (N/A)
G20 Evolvemanual$27,390 (+$100)
G20 Evolveautomatic$28,390 (+$100)
G20 Touringmanual$29,790 (+$200)
G20 Touringautomatic$30,790 (+$200)
G25 Evolvemanual$30,190 (+$100)
G25 Evolveautomatic$31,190 (+$100)
G25 GTmanual$34,290 (+$200)
G25 GTautomatic$35,290 (+$200)
G25 Astinamanual$37,790 (+$200)
G25 Astinaautomatic$38,790 (+$200)
X20 Astinamanual$40,790 (+$200)
X20 Astinaautomatic$41,790 (+$200)