Phoenix Mazda Shoppers Compare - 2018 Mazda3 vs 2019 Mazda3

When an all-new version of a car is imminent, it presents buyers with a bit of a dilemma. Do they pull the trigger on a great deal on the outgoing model, or do they wait and potentially pay a little more for the all-new version when it arrives? If the outgoing model is lacking, it could be an easy decision, but when Phoenix Mazda shoppers are faced with something as sensational as the 2018 Mazda3, the decision is anything but straightforward. To help make the decision a little easier, here's a comparison between the 2018 Mazda3 and the all-new 2019 Mazda3.

A key difference to look at is the range of models available because according the Phoenix area Mazda dealership, CardinaleWay Mazda in Peoria, Mazda has changed the naming convention for the new model. The 2018 Mazda3 came in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims and all three trims were available in both hatch and sedan body styles. The all-new 2019 Mazda3 is instead available in Select, Preferred and Premium trim levels, but only the sedan will have all three, as the hatch will only come in Preferred and Premium grades.


Buyers looking at the 2018 Mazda3 have a choice of two engines. The standard engine in Sport models is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder developing 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. Higher trims then get a more powerful 2.5-liter unit producing 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. To begin with, the 2019 Mazda3 will only be available with an updated version of the 2.5-liter engine putting out 186 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. Other engine options will follow, but only one engine will be available at launch and if you want manual transmission, the only way to have it will be with a front-wheel drive Premium hatchback.

A big difference shoppers might want to consider is the drivetrain. Although the standard form of the 2019 Mazda3 is front-wheel drive, just like the 2018 model, the all-new 3 will offer the option of all-wheel drive. This doesn’t just set the 2019 Mazda3 apart from its predecessor; it also sets it apart from most of the competition. Both cars drive and handle fantastically, but the extra capability of all-wheel drive takes the new model to another level.

There's little doubt about the fact the 2018 Mazda3 is a beautiful car; it even outshines a number of luxury rivals costing considerably more. However, some subtle upgrades to the front and rear and some more serious work to the lines and creases of the bodywork have made the 2019 Mazda3 even more attractive and desirable. And if you like the idea of the hatchback body style, it really is hard to think of a more stunning compact car anywhere in the market than the 2019 Mazda3 hatch.

The new model has more advanced safety features than the 2018 Mazda3, and even the entry level Select trim gets the i-ActiveSense suite of active safety technologies. Another tech update buyers might want to consider is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, which come standard on the 2019 Mazda3. It might sound like a small matter, but connectivity and infotainment is a big deal these days for many new car shoppers, and the lack of that compatibility with the 2018 Mazda3 could be a deal-breaker for some.

It's certainly not an easy decision, but whether you go for a 2018 Mazda3 or hang on and pay a little more for the 2019 Mazda3 you’re certainly not going to be disappointed.