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Notable Features in 2019
Redesigned for 2019
Sedan or hatchback
Newly available AWD
Standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Standard 8.8-inch dashboard display
Available manual transmission

Price Range    $21,000–$28,900
Consumer Rating     (4.9)20 reviews
MPG (Miles per gallon)     27-30
Body Styles     Hatchback, Sedan

The Good
Steering feedback
Interior quality
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

The verdict: Redesigned for 2019, the Mazda3 doubles down on its roots as a car for drivers, not passengers.

Versus the competition: Drivability and quality shine in the fourth-generation Mazda3, but a cramped interior and fussy controls might push consumers to more practical — and 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 and later a sedan, both well-equipped examples with AWD. Compare both cars, or read our initial thoughts after driving the Mazda3 at a media preview.

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, and 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.

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mazda 

New Car Program Benefits
Bumper-to-Bumper     36 months / 36,000 miles
Powertrain     60 months / 60,000 miles
Roadside Assistance     36 months / 36,000 miles


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