2019 mazda 3 revealed

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The good:

Handling Brakes Steering feedback Interior chất lượng Driver-accessible storage Manual transmission still available

The bad:

Narrow driver’s seat Cramped backseat Multimedia system operation Expensive starting price Automatic braking not standard Gas mileage
Redesigned for 2019 Sedan or hatchback Newly available AWD Standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder Standard 8.8-inch dashboard display Available manual transmission
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The verdict: Redesigned for 2019, the Mazda3 doubles down on its roots as a car for drivers, not passengers.

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Versus the competition: Drivability and unique shine in the fourth-generation Mazda3, but a cramped interior và fussy controls might push consumers lớn more practical — & often less expensive — alternatives.

Available as a sedan or hatchback, the Mazda3 comes standard with a punchier four-cylinder engine than is the compact-class norm. The prior generation’s base engine has been dropped for the U.S. Market, but all-wheel drive is newly optional. Stick-shift enthusiasts can still get a manual in the hatchback’s highest trim level; other trims have an automatic. We tested the automatic on a hatchback và later a sedan, both well-equipped examples with AWD. Compare both fastmeloxicam.com, or read our initial thoughts after driving the Mazda3 at a truyền thông preview.


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2019 Mazda3 | fastmeloxicam.com photo by Christian Lantry

Styling and Visibility

Mazda hinted at the Mazda3 hatchback with the beady-eyed Kai concept in late 2017, but the production car is no less dramatic. A heavily raked windshield sweeps nearly over the front seats, while enormous rear pillars envelop the back half. It’s as much pillar as you get in hatchbacks like the Hyundai Veloster or erstwhile Honda CR-Z, & it hurts visibility just as much. If the prior Mazda3 hatch suffered poor sight lines, its successor is even worse. Glance over your shoulder, and an enormous column separates the tapered rear-door window from the tiny rear window.

Over-the-shoulder visibility is far better in the Mazda3 sedan. The rear window remains tiny, but the C-pillars, slimmer by design, no longer engulf adjacent traffic. Both fastmeloxicam.com position the cabin toward the rear of their respective profiles — a characteristic that makes the windshield seem especially close to the front seats, though it extends far enough over your head khổng lồ keep traffic lights within your field of view.


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2019 Mazda3 | fastmeloxicam.com photo by Christian Lantry

How It Drives

Characteristic of the drivetrains in other Mazda products, the Mazda3 pairs a smooth-revving engine — in this case a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 186 horsepower and 186 pounds-feet of torque — with an efficiency-oriented automatic transmission that limits performance potential. The six-speed automatic downshifts swiftly when you need more power, but its tall gearing makes for a long climb up the tachometer. The four-cylinder has gratifying midrange power, but it takes forever lớn get there from a stop or khổng lồ hit the sweet spot again after an upshift. A driver-selectable thể thao mode improves accelerator response & keeps revs higher by staying out of the highest gears, but it seldom upshifts even if you stay at a steady speed, so there’s sure to be a mileage penalty.

If Mazda could shorten up the gearing by way of an eight- or nine-speed automatic while preserving kickdown response, the drivetrain could be dynamite. (Alas, it seldom works out that way.) It might also improve gas mileage, which is EPA-rated at 30 mpg for automatic front-drive models. As compact fastmeloxicam.com go, that’s unimpressive. AWD models are rated 27 lớn 28 mpg, depending on body style.

Ride quality is firm but sophisticated, with controlled shock absorption that belies the Mazda3’s move from its longstanding independent rear suspension to lớn cheaper, torsion-beam hardware for 2019. Still, isolation is not its forte: At higher speeds, weathered roads highlight turbulence that rivals lượt thích the Chevrolet Cruze & Volkswagen Jetta vị a better job of filtering out. (Both competitors also do that with torsion beams, mind you. The results, not the formula, are what matters.)

AWD might aid cold-weather traction, but don’t expect a boost when it comes lớn warm-weather handling. Push the Mazda3 hard through a sweeping curve và Mazda’s system shows little interest in sending nguồn rearward khổng lồ reorient the nose. Still, it’s not like the oto begs for help; the chassis masks understeer quite well on its own, và its all-season tires (Toyo Proxes P215/45R18s on our demo car) give plenty of warning before progressive sliding sets in. The brakes are strong & steering feedback is excellent, though the rival Honda Civic remains atop the class for steering quickness; the Mazda3’s wheel feels a little slower in terms of ratio.


The Inside

Quality trumps quantity in the new Mazda3, which boasts lavish materials but little space. Drivers of many sizes will find their knees pinched between the doors và center console, và adults in back will sit with their knees jammed into the front seats. Despite that, the Mazda3 has improbable storage space accessible to lớn drivers — a failing of its predecessor — with generous provisions in the dash, doors and center console.

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Interior styling mixes overlapping materials that arc around each other, with controls draped into the gaps; it’s a style that’s in vogue right now (see the new Lexus ES). Most controls feel meticulous enough, & certain sounds — the ticking turn signals, the chime when you kết thúc a bluetooth call — have a unique, upscale vibe. Ditto for the materials; on that front, the Mazda3 could pass for an entry-level luxury car. Low-gloss panels cover the upper doors và dash, & generous stitched wrappings extend down lớn knee cấp độ — areas where mass-market competitors often revert to lớn lower-budget plastics. The materials don’t cheap out when you get to lớn the backseat, which is another common practice in the non-luxury class. Premium touches include fabric-wrapped A-pillars & one-touch express windows all around. Many pricier mid-size sedans don’t have it this good, and much of the Mazda3’s unique comes even in base trim levels.

Missteps come on the công nghệ front, where the Mazda3’s standard tablet display (an 8.8-inch widescreen) no longer operates as a touchscreen. It’s high atop the dash và too far away to easily reach even if it was a touchscreen, but the result is a step backward for usability nonetheless. You have to lớn use a multifunction controller ahead of the center armrest, which is anathema khổng lồ the apple CarPlay và Android auto systems included on most trim levels. Consumer surveys show owners prefer touchscreens over console controllers, and both smartphone integrations are optimized for the former. Mazda is going the wrong way here.

Other head-scratchers: Android tự động consistently crapped out on one editor, và the display is too wide for its own good. The điện thoại cảm ứng mirroring doesn’t use all the screen (Mazda says an update from Google should fix this sometime in 2019) and the backup camera occupies only about 60 percent of the space. The camera display also has static guidelines, not the dynamic lines widely available now. Multiple times while driving into the sun, editors observed messages that our kiểm tra car’s driver-assistance systems were temporarily disabled.

Due to their separate calculation methods, you can’t compare manufacturer-stated cargo space between hatchbacks and sedans — one of several reasons such specs are unreliable — so don’t let the Mazda3’s specs fool you. Despite numbers that suggest otherwise, the sedan’s trunk is nearly a third deeper than the same space in the hatchback, by our measurement, with similar width and height up to lớn the seatbacks. The hatchback adds versatility if you fold the seats down, of course, but if you aim khổng lồ carry rear passengers and load up on cargo behind them, the sedan is the way lớn go.

Value

The 2019 Mazda3 sedan & hatchback received đứng top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The cheapest variant, an automatic front-drive sedan, starts just under $22,000 with destination. That’s some $700-$1,500 more than automatic-equipped versions of the Civic, Jetta and 2020 Toyota Corolla, & value-priced versions of the cơ Forte & Hyundai Elantra will save you even more.

At its base price, the Mazda3 lacks hãng apple CarPlay, Android tự động hóa and automatic emergency braking — three must-have features in any compact car. Higher trims have all three features, plus leatherette (vinyl) or leather seats, depending how much you spend. Other options include stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, a nguồn driver’s seat, keyless access và a moonroof. Lane-centering steering, a feature increasingly available in the class, isn’t offered in U.S. Models. Loaded with factory equipment and AWD, the Mazda3 sedan tops out around $29,500. That’s also pricey for the class, but most competitors are front-drive only.

Mazda’s latest compact might build a case as a value alternative khổng lồ entry-luxury subcompacts lượt thích the Audi A3 or Mercedes-Benz A-Class, but mass-market value is not its forte, especially when you consider its mileage deficit — and the extra-long warranties (Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen) or không lấy phí maintenance (Chevrolet, Toyota) offered elsewhere. Driving enthusiasts and quality aficionados will find something to lớn like, but it’s hard to build a case for broader appeal.

Editor’s note: This story was updated July 5, 2019, to lớn clarify that the manual transmission is only available with the hatchback.

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