2019 Mazda MAZDA3 Review

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2019 Mazda MAZDA3 Overview

Since its debut, the compact Mazda3 has had both high style and optimal driving dynamics. Mazda introduces the fourth-generation model in 2019, featuring a brand-new platform. As before, it’s offered in both sedan and hatchback variants, with accommodations for as many as 5 people.

Both body styles share an elongated hood, smooth side panels, simplified lighting elements, and exaggerated wheel flares that emphasize a wide, low look. It all adds up to a look that’s both familiar and new, and it should please fans and newcomers alike.

The Mazda3’s interior, meanwhile, is more driver-centric than the one it replaces. Everything that isn’t in the immediate cockpit area was pared down to its barest elements, making the dashboard look like one smooth, solid instrument. The floating infotainment screen returns, but it’s canted toward the driver. It also offers richer materials choices, from the layered center console panel to the varying textures and shapes on the panels. It’s not just aesthetics, though; Mazda optimized everything, from the reach of the steering wheel to typefaces used on the digital interfaces to the placement of the gear selector being more ergonomic and driver-centric. Mazda even redesigned the A-pillar to reduce blind spots without burdening the driver with increased eye movement or neck craning.

Global powertrain options for the Mazda3 include 1.5-, 2.0-, and 2.5-liter versions of the brand’s Skyactiv-G engine series. It’s unclear which of these is for the US market. One option we are likely to see is the new Skyactiv-X engine. This revolutionary setup combines the best attributes of spark and compression ignition for optimized fuel economy and robust performance. Mazda cites 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission options. Unfortunately, there’s no word on the resurrection of the high-performance Mazdaspeed3 model. No fuel economy numbers are available as of this writing.

Leaving no stone unturned, the new Mazda3 boasts an improved version of the i-Activsense safety suite. First off is a new driver-monitoring system, which utilizes both an infrared camera and infrared LED to observe the driver’s condition and level of attentiveness. If the system detects driver awareness waning, it sounds an alert. Other items include front cross-traffic alert and a cruising- and traffic-support system that assists with accelerator, brake pedal, and steering inputs during traffic jams. There’s no public crash-testing data yet available on the new Mazda3.

Mazda presents a holistically redesigned product with the 2019 Mazda3 that promises to do good by both the brand and the model. Look for further information, like a solid options list, powertrain choices, and pricing, before the car’s official release in the 2019 calendar year.

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