Mazda may not exactly among the top players in global car scene but the Japanese carmaker is planning to revamp its image with a thorough portfolio expansion and revamp. Introduced in 2004, the model Mazda 3 is also getting revamp and now coming with the name 2019 Mazda 3.
Sold as the Mazda Axela in Home turf, it is among the popular models made by the company. It also has a performance version called Mazda Speed 3 sold in US market exclusively.
2019 Mazda 3 is based on Mazda’s new Soul of Motion Design
The upcoming version of Mazda 3 is enticing looking and the exterior styling has a graceful and athletic aura about it. Sold in a few trims- the model is based on Mazda’s new Soul of motion design concept. The new wheel designs and grille look quite easy on eyes. You get it in both 4 door hatchback and sedan variants.
The cabin of 2019 Mazda 3 is elegant and looks more upscale than what most segment contenders can offer. Ergonomics are great and the cabin is roomy too. Material quality is very good with the highest trim and there are enough cubicles and holders to store accessories and gadgets. You also get a 12-volt outlet. The cargo space is just 20.2 cubic feet and this is where most rivals leave it behind.
2019 Mazda 3 Touring and Grand Touring Trims
In Touring trim you get 18-inch alloy wheels, 2 zones automatic climate control, keyless entry, heated front seats and simulated leather upholstery. Top Grand Touring model gets LED exterior lights, digital speedometer, sunroof, leather upholstery, Bose surround-sound system, along with a satellite radio.
You may add the Equipment package which brings in automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, navigation system, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign reader. The infotainment system is excellent and Mazda can give Ford and GM rivals a run for their money. It comes with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration.
The 2019 Mazda lineup is getting revamped to include advanced safety features and the Mazda 3 does not deviate either. It gets enough safety technologies along with a good number of amenities.
The Sport trim gets 16-inch steel wheels, Bluetooth, keyless ignition, remote keyless entry, rearview camera, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning and Mazda Connect infotainment system. A Preferred Equipment package can be added as an option.
2019 Mazda 3 Engine Options
The 2019 Mazda 3 Sport trim gets 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 155 HP. The two other trims get a more powerful 2.5-liter engine with 185 HP output. You get the six-speed manual transmission and the six-speed automatic unit comes as optional.
Ride quality is very good with minimal noise seeping into the cabin. The six automatic transmission will add to price $1,050.
2019 Mazda 3 Fuel Economy
The upcoming model with the first engine 2.0 liter will get in city/highway 27/37 mpg for the manual transmission and 28/37 mpg for the automatic. The next one engine that will be available in trims Touring and top-tier Grand Touring will get for Sedan model 25/34 mpg (manual) and 27/36 mpg (automatic).
However, the hatchback version gets 25/33 mpg (manual) and 26/35 mpg (automatic).
2019 Mazda 3 Release Date and Price
The exact release date of upcoming 2019 Mazda 3 is unknown but it may fall in mid-2018. The base trim price may be near $20.000.
Summing it up
Mazda 3 hatchback and sedan models are getting good revamp for 2019. The styling is nice and the cabin is superb except for the smaller cargo capacity. The engines are decent and same can be said about amenities. You also get a few customization choices. If the Pricing is one right, it can be a category killer.