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I had a really tough time finding a manual 2.5 hatch myself (used gen 3), and ended up driving 230 miles for it. It was really frustrating because plenty of automatics were available, and they were cheaper. I had to watch the various classified/dealer sites like a hawk daily, and immediately contact dealers when something popped up. Anything halfway decent was snatched up quickly. And this carried on from before the start of the pandemic through the very end of April, when I finally picked something up. Sales were supposedly really slow back then.

During that time I kept researching other cars as well, because no manual would have been a deal breaker. I'd have sooner chosen a car that I wanted less than the Mazda3 than taken a Mazda3 with an automatic. But I'm sure that I'm part of a very small minority, so I doubt Mazda is losing enough business over it to make a difference in their strategy. Manuals are being discontinued all over the place. I am a big Subaru guy, and one of the things I liked is that they had manuals available across the lineup, but they've been eliminating them over the last several years, aside from their performance models. They have at least kept charging less for them than the autos.

On this topic, I performed my first "mod" just a couple of days ago (please excuse the filthy car):
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If you think that a manual in your 3 is rare - consider the Mazda6. I snapped up one of the very few manual Mazda6's in Feb. 2017. Next model year - 2018 - no more manuals in Canada. In a car (a sedan) - as big as the Mazda6 nobody wants one (nearly no one) but me.

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USA unveiling of images and pricing: 2021 MAZDA3 2.5 TURBO FULL REVEAL | Inside Mazda

Mazda3 2.5 Turbo (Sedan) - $29,900
Mazda3 2.5 Turbo (Sedan) w/PP - $32,450
+$1000 for hatchback.

"With the Premium Plus package, the front air dam and rear roof spoiler come standard, and the upgraded Appearance Package includes a rear diffuser and side sill extensions. Additionally, all four aerodynamic accessories can be equipped on the standard Mazda3 2.5 Turbo hatchback with its own Appearance Package option. New BBS 18-inch gloss black forged wheels are available on all Mazda3 models."
 

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Thanks for the update. That's a lot of trims. Nice to see the 2.0 come back. Initially I wanted the 2.0 but that was available on the sport trim only.

Not sure how I feel about the turbo prices yet.
 

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USA unveiling of images and pricing: 2021 MAZDA3 2.5 TURBO FULL REVEAL | Inside Mazda

Mazda3 2.5 Turbo (Sedan) - $29,900
Mazda3 2.5 Turbo (Sedan) w/PP - $32,450
+$1000 for hatchback.

"With the Premium Plus package, the front air dam and rear roof spoiler come standard, and the upgraded Appearance Package includes a rear diffuser and side sill extensions. Additionally, all four aerodynamic accessories can be equipped on the standard Mazda3 2.5 Turbo hatchback with its own Appearance Package option. New BBS 18-inch gloss black forged wheels are available on all Mazda3 models."
Thanks for posting.

Price for base turbo seems reasonable. I would like to see the equipment breakdown for that to see how it compares to '20 hatch premium. Hope it's not another all black syn skin interior. I would guess its about the level of the old "preferred" trim.
The availability of the forged BBS wheels is good to replace those boat anchors on the other models, but I doubt there will be a lot of takers at $3675.80.
They list 918.75 EACH, like some body would buy one or three.
 
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