The redesigned Mazda3 rolls into dealerships in March. The fourth-generation model comes as either a sporty hatchback or standard sedan and comes in either Standard, Select, Preferred or Premium trim levels. The front-wheel sedan starts from $21,000 while the hatchback starts from $23,600 (not including destination.) Both feature Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine with available predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive.
The redesigned model looks attractive inside and out. In the cabin, designers worked on improving ergonomics and giving the interior a higher sense of luxury. The cabin features a redesigned center console with repositioned cup holders. It also introduces an all-new 8.8-inch MAZDA CONNECT infotainment screen to the brand, which comes standard on all models. But note, it is not a touchscreen.
Also standard is an all-new 3-way layout 8-speaker sound system, new steering wheel design featuring illuminated controls and switches, 7-inch TFT reconfigurable gauge cluster display, LED headlights and taillights, Bluetooth phone and audio pairing, HD radio, remote keyless entry, push-button ignition, electronic parking brake, new knee air bags, rearview camera and two USB audio inputs, amongst a long list of other standard features.
There are new gray and red leather interior options to choose from. The red is exclusive to the Mazda3 Hatchback - along with an exterior Polymetal Gray paint color.
Standard and Optional Features
Mazda3 sedan comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, cloth seating surfaces and door trims, power windows with one-touch down/up feature. Mazda3 hatchback is standard with a rear roof spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment technologies, leatherette seating surfaces and door trims, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, automatic dual-zone climate control, power windows with one-touch driver down/up feature, rain-sensing windshield wipers and Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry.
Standard i-ACTIVSENSE safety features in the Mazda3 hatchback includes an all-new, first for the brand Driver Attention Alert that displays an alert and sound when it detects driver fatigue or decreased attentiveness, along with Smart City Brake Support, Smart Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning with Lane-Keep Assist, High Beam Control and Mazda Radar Cruise Control.
The 2019 Mazda3 will be introducing new package options. In addition to the standard models, Mazda3 sedan will be available in Select, Preferred and Premium packages, while Mazda3 hatchback will be offered in Preferred and Premium packages.
Mazda3 Select package, exclusively for sedan models, will be available with i-ACTIV all-wheel drive. This package incorporates features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment technologies, leatherette seating surfaces and door trims, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, automatic dual-zone climate control, 18-inch wheels, automatic on/off headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry. Mazda3 Select package i-ACTIVSENSE safety features include new Driver Attention Alert, Smart City Brake Support, Smart Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning with Lane-Keep Assist, High Beam Control and Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go function.
Building upon the features found in standard models and Mazda3 Select package, the Mazda3 Preferred package is highlighted by a BOSE premium 12-speaker audio system with custom tuning to provide more powerful bass and higher audio quality. Other upgrades to the audio are an aluminum speaker grille, shark fin antenna and SiriusXM satellite radio with a three-month trial subscription. The driver is comforted with 8-way power driver’s seat, power lumbar support and 2-position driver memory system, while also including heated front seats. This package also features new memory position door mirrors.
The lineup is topped with the Mazda3 Premium package, which is also available with i-ACTIV all-wheel drive and features windshield-projected Active Driving Display, leather seats, power moonroof, signature front and rear LED lighting and Adaptive Front-lighting System. Mazda3 Premium package sedan includes paddle shifters while Mazda3 Premium hatchback offers 18-inch black finish alloy wheels and paddle shifters when equipped with SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission.
As a brand that keeps purist drivers in mind, Mazda continues to champion the manual transmission, offering Mazda3 Premium package front-wheel drive hatchbacks with an available SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission.
All 2019 Mazda3s come equipped with a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine that is rated to deliver 186 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 186 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. While front-wheel drive is standard, Mazda’s predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive is available on the Mazda3 hatchback and Mazda3 sedan option packages. To build upon the fuel efficiency Mazda’s SKYACTIV engines are known for, cylinder-deactivation technology is standard on all Mazda3 hatchbacks, Mazda3 Premium package sedans and Mazda3 sedans equipped with i-ACTIV all-wheel drive. Along with G-Vectoring Control Plus vehicle dynamic enhancements standard on all 2019 Mazda3 models, various improvements, such as redesigned seats, retuned body structure and an all-new suspension, absorb road vibrations to help provide a smoother and more enjoyable driving experience.