Mazda already has some seriously stylish and desirable vehicles in its lineup, including the Mazda CX-3 and the Mazda6. However, the Japanese automaker ramps up the style even more with a stunning new version of the Mazda3 that you’ll find at dealers like the Phoenix Mazda dealership. The 2019 Mazda3 is available as a sedan and a crossover. We’ll be taking a look at the sedan model in this review.
Crossovers of all shapes and sizes are more popular than cars these days, and they have been for some time. The 2019 Mazda3 4-door is one model that will cause buyers to re-think their car vs. crossover decision. The folks at Phoenix Mazda told us the Mazda3 4-door is even more attractive than the 2018 model. The 2018 Mazda3 was modern and stylish, but the 2019 Mazda3 4-door receives a facelift that makes it even more contemporary and alluring than before. The design of the sedan is a little more advanced than the hatchback. The four-door sedan is the one most buyers will gravitate toward, because the styling has been tweaked, rather than substantially redesigned.
It’s not surprising that the automotive press continues its love affair with the 2019 Mazda3, with CNET reporting: “On the road, the new Mazda3 is a sweetheart. The 18-inch, 215/45-series Toyo tires of my Premium-trim test car offer adequate grip, and even with the torsion-beam setup, there's no rear end sloppiness in turns. Enter a right-hander and the car will lean to its left, a natural bit of roll that mimics the way your body shifts slightly while turning the wheel.”
The 2019 Mazda3 is powered by a 2.5-liter, naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine that produces 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft. of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. This engine features cylinder-deactivation technology to improve fuel economy. The new model will be offered with optional all-wheel drive. A new-generation of Skyactiv-X engine engine is available, but Mazda hasn’t released the details as of the date of this writing.
EPA estimated fuel economy for the 2.5-liter block with front-wheel drive is 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway.* All-wheel drive versions will have slightly lower figures.
The interior of the 2019 Mazda3 4-door has been redesigned and is reminiscent of the luxurious Mazda6 midsize sedan. There's a low dashboard housing an 8.8-inch wide-screen display above the center console. Mazda appears to have struck just the right balance between touchscreen controls, real buttons and switchgear for controlling the car's systems. Although the Mazda3 isn't an expensive luxury model, the interior makes use of high-quality materials that convey a sophisticated feel.
There are many standard and available advanced safety features. Automatic emergency braking is standard across the lineup, and forward cross-traffic alert, driver-attention monitoring and an enhanced adaptive cruise control system are optional.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2019 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage may vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.