This Mazda3 sedan is a new addition to the range for 2022. Dubbed the G25 Evolve SP, it currently wears an MSRP of $32,290.
Not so long ago we would have noted how expensive this version of the Mazda3 is. But in a world of consistent price rises this mid-spec car is looking more acceptable.
Still, rivals at this price include the top-spec non-hybrid Toyota Corolla ZR, top-spec Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S, as well as upper mid-grade versions of the Kia Cerato (Sport +), and Hyundai i30 (Elite).
That’s not to say equipment on the Mazda3 G25 Evolve SP is poor. Standard features include, 18-inch alloy wheels, an 8.8-inch multimedia screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and built-in navigation, a 7.0-inch semi-digital dash cluster, eight-speaker audio, cloth seat trim with a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, push-start ignition with keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, and leather highlights for the steering wheel and shifter.
Strikes me as a odd that this Evolve grade costs more than the G20 Touring ($31,390) while stripping out leather seat trim in favour of the blacked-out wheels and body highlights. It presents an interesting choice. Do you value these missing features more than the larger engine?
Like most Mazdas, the G25 Evolve SP comes with a healthy list of safety equipment which we’ll look at in the relevant part of this review.