How To Build a Custom Mazda 3 Hatchback

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Customize your Mazda 3 Hatchback by choosing from a variety of trim levels, adding on optional packages or stand-alone upgrades, and tossing in some aftermarket mods.
The 2021 Mazda 3 Hatchback offers drivers a premium driving experience and luxury feel, but at a very affordable price. While entry-level models aren’t quite as posh, moving up trims and adding further customizations can make your Mazda hold its own against much more expensive compact vehicles.
Creating the perfect custom car can get confusing, especially with so many upgrades, trim levels, and aftermarket modifications to choose from. Read on to discover tips for creating the perfect Mazda 3 Hatchback. 
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2021 Mazda 3 Hatchback customization options

The 2021 Mazda 3 comes in both a sedan and a hatchback. The hatchback option offers a distinct appearance in a variety of trims: the 2.5 S, the
, the
, the
, and the 2.5 Turbo. Fortunately, moving up trim levels won’t increase your price too much—the 2.5 S starts at $22,650, while the most expensive 2.5 Turbo starts at $31,050.
All trim levels include a 2.5L inline-four gas engine, except the 2.5 Turbo which is equipped with a turbo engine. If you prefer driving a stick shift, the Premium is available in manual. Finally, all trim levels except the 2.5 S are available in all-wheel drive for an additional $1,400, with the option coming standard on the 2.5 Turbo. 
The Preferred and higher trim levels also include standard features such as heated seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat with a memory setting. They’ll also include upgraded infotainment systems, including a 12-speaker Bose audio system and SiriusXM satellite radio. If you want Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, choose any trim above the base.

Mazda 3 Hatchback optional packages

In addition to choosing between a variety of trim levels, you can also add on optional packages to further customize your hatchback. Two are available and they primarily affect the car’s aesthetics:
Notable features
Which trims is it available on?
Accessory Package
Rear hatch spoiler, front air dam, door mirror caps, rear aero flares/ rear skirt (RAF), side sill extensions
All trims
Accessory Package 2
Body-color rear hatch spoiler, black front air dam, jet black door mirror caps, black rear bumper skirt, black side sill extensions
All trims
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You can also customize your Mazda with individual add-ons. In addition to all-wheel drive, you can choose among a variety of exterior colors and interior colors at higher trim levels. Optional safety features like adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology are also available.

How to customize your Mazda 3 Hatchback to save money

Although the Mazda 3 Hatchback is quite affordable, adding on customizations will inevitably make the price go up. 
For example, the 2.5 S has a starting MSRP of $22,650, but the highest trim level—the 2.5 Turbo—will cost you at least $31,050. Adding on all-wheel drive is about $1,400, and additional packages or modifications can raise the sticker price by hundreds or thousands of dollars. Just choosing the premium color, Soul Red, will cost you an extra $595
Unfortunately, you won’t just see bigger numbers at the dealership—customizations can often drive up the price of your insurance. This is because custom features tend to be more expensive to repair or replace.  
There are some exceptions, however! Some custom options will actually save you some money in the long run. 
  • Tires—The types of tires you have on your vehicle can have a big effect on its fuel economy. Do some research and be sure to purchase the perfect tires for your intended use.
  • Cold air intake—Adding a cold air intake helps make your engine more efficient, netting you more power and better fuel economy. If this option is not available from the dealer, you can always add it on as an aftermarket modification. 
  • Suspension—Upgraded suspension packages increase your vehicle's stability, strength, and smoothness, thus increasing its overall fuel economy. The Mazda 3 Hatchback doesn’t offer any suspension upgrades, so you’ll have to invest in some aftermarket mods.  

The best Mazda 3 Hatchback mods

While Mazda’s various trim levels, custom packages, and individual add-ons offer you the opportunity to create an impressive custom vehicle, aftermarket mods expand your options even more. Whether you consult a mechanic or turn it into a DIY project, we recommend some of these impactful modifications: 


You should always pick your tires based on your driving habits as well as your area’s climate. Different types of tires perform better in different temperatures—for example, winter tires do well on icy, snowy roads but won’t hold up in warmer climates. 

Custom paint jobs

Your Mazda 3 Hatchback is available in black, white, silver/gray, deep blue, and red. Keep in mind that choosing a premium color may cost you more. If you want to customize your paint job beyond these basic colors, you can do so after purchasing your vehicle! 
Whether it’s a small decal or a completely different color, this is a relatively inexpensive way to change up the entire look of your car.

Cold air intake 

You’ll make your car more efficient and powerful—thus producing better fuel economy—by adding cold air intake to your engine. Sometimes this option is available at the dealership, but adding it yourself is an easy job for experienced mechanics and can save you money. 

How to find affordable car insurance for your Mazda 3 Hatchback

Don’t let your customized hatchback go unprotected—insure it with a top-of-the-line
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