Crossovers are today’s hot vehicles, so it takes a lot for a compact sedan to break through and get customers to take notice these days. That’s where the 2019 Mazda3 comes in. Redesigned for the 2019 model year, the Mazda3 continues its tradition of exceptional driving dynamics that leads the compact sedan segment. Of course, buyers at dealerships like the Scottsdale Mazda dealer can get the Mazda3 as an attractive hatchback. Mazda makes the 3 even more desirable, with last year’s available 2.5-liter engine now standard on all models. And for the first time, you can get a Mazda3 with all-wheel drive, a great prospect for buyers who must drive on icy streets and other slippery road surfaces.
Inside, you’ll experience the Mazda3’s quality and sophistication. The cabin is appointed with aluminum trim and high-quality switchgear. All trims other than the base sedan come with faux leather door accents. According to the Scottsdale Mazda dealership, when you choose the top-of-the-line premium package, you’ll get amenities that rival some luxury sedans.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out the fun-to-drive nature of the 2019 Mazda3. That’s one reason Edmunds named the Mazda3 one of its Best AWD Sedans.
The reaction by the automotive press has been overwhelmingly positive, with the experts at Motor Trend writing: “The new 2019 Mazda3 captures the fun-to-drive spirit of the Mazda we know and love while delivering on the entry-level luxury experience that might actually give Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA buyers some pause".
The base trim is the entry-level model, but it still comes with a nice list of features, including push-button start and keyless entry. The standard infotainment system includes an 8.8-inch screen, an eight-speaker audio system that’s capable of playing high-res digital FLAC music files, AM/FM/HD Radio, Bluetooth and two USB ports. The infotainment system features a rotary controller in the central console and a 7-inch digital instrument gauge cluster.
The 2019 Mazda3 is offered in four models, which Mazda refers to as packages, rather than trim levels. They’re called base (sedan only), Select, Preferred and Premium. Powering the Mazda3 is a 2.5-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder engine that develops 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque, teamed to a standard six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive hatchback models with the Premium package get an available six-speed manual gearbox. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional for all models except the base sedan. Fuel economy is exceptional, with the best numbers coming from the front-wheel-drive sedan with the automatic transmission and the cylinder-deactivation system, which get an EPA-estimated 27/36 mpg.*
The 2019 Mazda3 received the highest marks of Good from the IIHS in all crash tests, and the organization named the Mazda3 a Top Safety Pick. All models other than the base sedan include automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and a driver-attention system.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2019 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.