The Mazda3 has long been a compact, affordable, stylish and fuel-efficient sedan, but when you visit the Phoenix area Mazda dealership, CardinaleWay Mazda in Peoria you’ll find the all-new 2019 Mazda3 has taken the nameplate to an entirely new level of style and sophistication.
The term "all-new" gets thrown around a lot these days, but it's perfectly appropriate to use that terminology to describe the 2019 Mazda3. According to Phoenix area Mazda dealers, the exterior styling has been revised to fit with the rest of the current Mazda lineup and the interior is now even more upscale than before. But perhaps the biggest change is the availability of all-wheel drive.
Mazda3 buyers effectively have four trim levels to choose from, although they are presented as a base model and three upgrade packages. The entry-level model is the 2019 Mazda3 Sedan, and the three available packages are the Select package, Preferred package and the Premium package.
Powering the Mazda3 unit is a 2.5-liter inline-four engine that develops 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front or all-four wheels through a standard six-speed automatic transmission. The Mazda3 hatchback with front-wheel drive and the Premium package gets a manual transmission option. Front-wheel drive is standard across the lineup and all models other than the base get available all-wheel drive.
The 2019 Mazda3 receives high praise from automotive reviewers. Autoblog wrote: “The Mazda, on the other hand, is stunning. If it wore a European badge, they could probably charge $10,000 more on each model. We say that because that's exactly what Audi does with the A3, and the Mazda is every bit its equal. But see, there we go comparing figures and specs again. At the end of the day, the Mazda might not win on every metric, but it doesn't matter. As a driver, you owe it to yourself to put it on your list.”
The 2019 Mazda3 gets a profusion of standard features, many of which you’d expect to find in a vehicle that costs a lot more. Standard features for the base model include LED headlights, LED taillights, LED daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, power features, remote keyless entry and pushbutton start, an electronic parking brake, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, HD radio, two USB ports and the Mazda Connect infotainment system.
That's an impressive list for a base model in this class, but many buyers may still be tempted to step up a level to the Select package. Select models add Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, keyless ignition and larger 18-inch alloy wheels. Move up another level to the Preferred package and you’ll get heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat with memory function, and a premium Bose 12-speaker audio system.
The Premium package moves the 2019 Mazda3 towards genuine luxury, with upscale standard equipment that includes LED signature lighting, a power moonroof, adaptive headlights, perforated leather sport seats, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a windshield-projected full-color active driving display.
Safety is an important factor for anyone buying a new car. The 2019 Mazda3 provides an impressive and robust set of standard safety features at all levels, and the IIHS gave the 2019 Mazda3 the highest score of Good in all crash tests and named it a Top Safety Pick.