2019 Mazda 3

Rating8.2

Ranked #2 in Compact Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$21,000 - $27,900

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Key Spec of 2019 Mazda 3
fuel economy

26/30/35

fuel type

Regular unleaded

horsepower

186 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2019 Mazda 3 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 4, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Mazda 3 is a very competitive car in the compact sedan division and flaunts a sporty and aggressive design language. Right from its launch back in 2003, every generation got better and more fun to drive. The Mazda 3 is currently in its fourth generation and it is at its finest as of now. To begin with, it has a plush interior, and the materials used are very well curated. It handles surprisingly spot on and the ride quality is faultless. 

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ProsConsWhat's New

Higher trims get unblemished and premium interior materials

Dismal legroom in the rear seat

The Mazda 3 gets a complete revamp for 2019.

The seats are extremely comfortable

Minimal cargo space

Agile handling

The New Skyactiv-X engine has been dropped.

The sound system offers superior sound quality

Over All Rating

8.2

Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Engine and Performance9.00
Fuel Economy7.00
Interior8.00
Exterior9.00
Safety9.00
Competition8.00
Notable Rankings

#2 in Compact Sedan

#6 in Sedan


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Trims

Base$21,000 onwards

  • 16-Inch alloy wheels
  • 60/40-Split folding rear seat
  • 8.8-Inch central display
  • Driver information screen
  • Eight-Speaker audio system
  • Led exterior lighting
  • Push-Button start
  • Rearview camera

Select$22,600 onwards

  • 18-Inch wheels
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic wipers
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Simulated leather upholstery

Preferred$24,200 onwards

  • 12-Speaker Bose audio system
  • Driver-Seat memory functions
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Power-Adjustable driver's seat
  • Satellite radio

Premium$26,500 onwards

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Head-Up display
  • Sunroof


Colors and Styles

2019 Mazda 3 in Deep Crystal Blue color
Deep Crystal Blue

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Moving on to the engine performance, it has a peppy and strong inline 4 engine which is one of the powerful engines in its class, period! It is also available in a wide range of trim levels to satisfy the needs of all kinds of buyers and also raises the bar of a compact sedan. Moreover, it competes head-on with cars like Kia Forte, Toyota Corolla, and Honda Civic Sport.


Features

The 2019 Mazda 3 sedan is offered with 4 different trim levels and each trim level is different from one another by the features it comes with. All the trims use only one engine option which is a 2.5 liter DOHC 16 valve 4 cylinder engine. The base trim is priced at $21,920 and goes all the way up to $30,415 for the top of its line. As standard, it includes features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a navigation system, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. The following table gives you an insight into all the trims and features offered with the 2013 Mazda 3 Sedan.

Trim

Base

Select

Preferred

Premium

MSRP (AWD)

$21,920

$22600

$24,200

$26,500

Key Features

2.5L DOHC 16-valve inline-4 engine

18-inch wheels

12-speaker Bose premium sound system

Power sliding sunroof

 

SkyActiv-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission with sport mode

Automatic Headlights and Wipers

Heated front seats

Heads-up driver display

 

186 horsepower

Adaptive cruise control

Eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory

Steering-mounted paddle shifters

 

186 lb-ft of torque

Driver attention monitor

Satellite Radio

Adaptive Headlights

 

Engine-immobilizer with an anti-theft system

Simulated leather upholstery

Simulated leather upholstery

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility

 

8.8-inch LCD Multi-Information Display with trip computer

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility

Simulated leather upholstery

 

MAZDA CONNECT Infotainment System

 

 

 

Which Trim should you buy?

We Recommend the Preferred trim as it is one trim above the mid variant and balances the best bits of both worlds. It gets all the best features from the higher trim as well as lower trim. Moreover, paying around $2,200 will fetch you a great value for money package. If all these features don’t meet your expectations, then going for the higher trim is the perfect choice as it offers plenty of stellar features like a Sunroof, adaptive headlights, and Simulated leather upholstery.

Engine and Performance
9.0/10

The engine of the 2019 Mazda 3 comes with only one choice of engine which is a 2.5-liter inline-four engine that is capable of punching out 186 hp and 186 lb.-ft. of torque which is quite impressive. As standard, All the trims of the 2019 Mazda 3 come equipped as either front-wheel-drive version or all-wheel drive, and all the power is transmitted to the wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission for improved gear ratios.

 It can boost from a standstill to the 60 MPH mark in a legit quick 7 seconds and can attain a quarter-mile time of 15.4 seconds. The Mazda never compromised when it comes to performance which further affects its fuel economy. Moreover, this charming little hatchback can hit a top speed of 121 mph which makes it the fastest and most frolic car in its segment owing to its wonderful engine.

Models

2019 Mazda 3

2019 Kia Forte

2019 Honda Civic Sport

2019 Toyota Corolla

MSRP

$21,920

$21,990

$21,250

$21,865

Engine

2.5L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

1.8 L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

2-speed CVT

6-Speed manual

6-Speed manual

Power (hp @ RPM

186 hp

147 hp

158 hp

132 hp

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

186 lb-ft.

132 lb-ft.

138 lb-ft

128 lb-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.0

8.2

8.2

7.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.4

16.4

16.3

16

Top-Speed (MPH)

121

N/A

N/A

110

In comparison, the 2019 Kia Forte is the car with the least power output. While Volkswagen golf produces the highest power output of 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque respectively. All these compact sedans except for the Mazda come with front-wheel drive regardless of their trims. However, the Mazda 3 is the fastest to 60 mph and clocks a time of 7 seconds, and also continues its victory streak in the top speed test with a top speed of 121 mph. On the other hand, Kia’s performance is not really up to the mark due to its sluggish performance figures.

How well does the 2019 Mazda 3 ride and handle?:

 When it comes to handling, the Mazda 3 handles quite well but not as agile as its rivals due to its heavyweight but the all-wheel-drive version has an advantage over its rivals and provides loads of traction while driving through corners. The independent suspensions on all four wheels offer a comfortable and offer good ride quality even on bumpy roads. It uses Strut Suspension w/Coil Springs in the front and Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs.

The traction control features further assists to keep the car on track without any understeer even in high-speed corners. The suspension has been returned to give better feedback in rough terrains and eliminates damping quite well which gives a comfortable ride on any kind of terrains. The powerful engine helps the car to achieve good traction while coming out of the corner and it is stable even at high speeds.

2019 Mazda 3 Braking Performance:

Moving on to the brakes, the Mazda 3 appears to have the largest rotors in its class. On the downside, it is also the heaviest car in its segment weighing 3248 lbs but the Mazda 3 somehow manages to edge over its rivals in the braking test stopping at 112 ft from 60 mph. The 2019 Mazda 3 also features a host of active safety features that enhance its braking performance like Smart Brake Support (SBS) and ABS And Driveline Traction Control. 

The 2019 Mazda 3 Sedan however has the largest brakes on offer measuring 11.6 inches in the front and 10.4 inches in the rear. Also, the brakes are very responsive and firm and it lets the driver hardly feel any lag during braking in everyday situations. Albeit weighing the heaviest in the segment, the 2019 Mazda 3 comes to a halt better than any of its rivals which is pretty impressive.

Models

2019 Mazda 3

2019 Kia Forte

2019 Honda Civic Sport

2019 Toyota Corolla

Brake Front (in.)

11.6

11.0

11.1

10.8

Brake Rear (in.)

10.4

10.3

10.2

9.0

Curb Weight

3248

2903

2838

2870

60-0 mph

112 ft.

118 ft.

113 ft.

120 ft

Among the competition, the 2019 Mazda 3 offers the largest rotors in its class followed by the Honda Civic which is only one foot behind the Mazda by stopping from 60 mph in 113 feet. The Honda Civic comes with 11.1 inches in the front and 10.2 inches in the rear and weighs much lesser than the Mazda weighing only 2838 which happens to be the lightest car in its class. On the other hand, Toyota disappoints the buyers when it comes to braking performance. Despite being one of the lightest cars, the Toyota Corolla offers a weak braking performance.

Fuel Economy
7.0/10

The fuel economy of the 2019 Mazda 3 is on the downside due to its high-powered engine. It sure does offer a decent mileage when seen in isolation but when it comes to competition, it doesn’t really live up to the expectations which is a shame. The fuel-economy figures of the Mazda 3 are pretty below average when compared to most of its competitors. 

Boosted by a 2.5 liter inline 4 engine, the sedan manages to give a fuel efficiency of 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highways. Combined, it gives a mileage of 28 mpg. The Mazda 3 comes equipped with a modest fuel tank in the segment with a capacity of 23.2 gallons which in turn allows the car to travel a distance of 330 miles and 369.6 miles in the city on the highways respectively. When combined it offers a range of 435.6 miles.

Models

2019 Mazda 3

2019 Kia Forte

2019 Honda Civic Sport

2019 Toyota Corolla

MPG (City)

25

30

25

28

MPG (Combined)

28

34

30

32

MPG (Highway)

33

40

36

36

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

13.2

14

12.4

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

330/369.6/435.6

420/476/560

310/372/446.4

369.6/422.4/475.2

Among the competition, the Kia Forte is the most fuel-efficient sedan in its class, with its MPG numbers right above par with the best of its segment. The Kia Forte also provides the best city and combined mileage in its segment, making it a perfect choice for people who travel a lot. On the other hand, the Honda Civic is a bit of a guzzler and returns similar fuel figures to the Mazda 3.

Interior
8.0/10

The interior is surprisingly premium and tastefully dealt with. To start with, the center displaying looks redefines classiness. The dashboard and the materials used in the cabin are superior in quality and could easily be one of the striking-looking cabins. The higher trims provide premium leather upholstery for utmost comfort wherever you go and yet you can find some plastics here and there in mid trims but well-curated. 

Having said that, the interior is also quite roomy and cozy. It has a decent-sized cabin but not spacious enough. Sadly, it offers the smallest cabin in its class only by a very minute margin. It offers a front headroom space of 38 inches in the front and 37.2 inches in the rear. Moreover, it also offers solid shoulder support for peaceful driving.

Models

2019 Mazda 3

2019 Kia Forte

2019 Honda Civic Sport

2019 Toyota Corolla

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Room(Head/Shoulder/Leg)(in.)

38.0/55.7/42.3

38.8/56.1/42.2

39.3/56.9/42.3

38.3/54.8/42.3

Rear Room(Head/Shoulder/Leg)(in.)

37.3/53.5/35.1

37.5/55.3/35.7

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.1/54.8/41.4

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

13.2

15.3

15.1

13

In comparison, The Mazda 3 gets thrashed by its rivals in terms of interior spacing. All cars have seats for 5 passengers. However, Honda wins the competition on this front by a considerable margin. The Kia on the other hand wins the cargo capacity competition with a tremendous 15.3 cubic feet trunk. On the contrary, Toyota loses to its rivals in terms of cargo space offering only 13 cubic feet. Some notable interior features include:

  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: adjustable front and rear headrests
  • 8-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement, and Cushion Tilt
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Leather Steering Wheel & Shift Knob

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The infotainment system on the Dodge Durango gains some modern infotainment features and makes up a quite exciting infotainment system. It features an 8.8-inch user-friendly LCD screen with a Navigation system and a long list of standard features. Moreover, it leaves behind the touch screen and it can be controlled by the center knob which is also nice to use. The MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system and 8-speaker full-range door-mounted type sound system are the highlights of the infotainment system. Some other standout features include

  • 8-speaker full-range door-mounted type sound system
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio
  • 2 USB ports
  • Multi-function commander control
  • Radio broadcast data system program information
  • 2 LCD Monitors in the front
  • Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatibility
Exterior
9.0/10

The 2019 Mazda 3 is hands down a spectacular-looking sedan with striking design cues and clean lines that give it killer looks. The sharp and sleek headlights look aggressive and imposing from any angle. The honeycomb front grille is huge and surrounded by chrome bits. The horizontal tail lights with LEDs add to the rear end of the car. The dual exhaust pipes give it a sporty design.

The bodywork of the car is designed for more aero efficiency than its previous generation. In terms of exterior proportions, the Mazda 3 seems to be a pretty big car. It measures a length of 183.5 inches, a width of 70.7 inches, and 56.9 inches tall. It is also 5.5 inches above the ground. Moving on to the wheelbase, it has a wheelbase of 107.3 inches which is the longest in its class.

Models

2019 Mazda 3

2019 Kia Forte

2019 Honda Civic

2019 Toyota Corolla

Curb weight (lbs.)

3248

2903

2838

2870

Length(in)

183.5

182.7

182.7

183.1

Width(in)

70.7

70.9

70.9

69.9

Height(in)

56.9

56.5

55.7

57.3

Ground clearance (in)

5.5

5.3

4.25

6.7

Wheelbase (in)

107.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

Though the difference in dimensions and overall proportions may seem microscopic, Both Kia Forte and Honda Civic are the smallest cars in the segment measuring 182.7 inches and 70.7 inches wide. Surprisingly, all three cars except for Mazda have the same wheelbase. The Honda seems to have the lowest ground clearance which further affects the ride quality while going on rough terrains. Some of the prominent features are as follows.

  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • LED Brakelights
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • Side Mirror Turn Lamps
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
  • Front Lower Bumper Black Gloss Decoration
Safety
9.0/10

The Mazda 3 procures a stellar rating of 5 stars from NHTSA and scores a ‘Good’ rating from the Insurance Institute for highway safety and also earned the 2019 top pick award for mid-size sedans. The scores really do the talking when it comes to the build quality of the car. It gets four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with an ABS system and Electronic traction control with superb braking performance. Some of the standout safety features include

  • MazdaConnect Emergency SOS
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts
  • Back-Up Camera with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Forward Collision Warning with Advanced Emergency Braking
Competition
8.0/10

2019 Mazda 3 vs 2019 Kia Forte:

The Kia Forte is a better car when it comes to ergonomics and overall comfort but it falls short when it comes to engine performance but what takes everyone by surprise is the tremendous fuel economy it offers which helps with fuss-free long drives and less refueling. The Exterior also looks as good as the Mazda 3. It is one of the most affordable cars in its class and good value for money.

2019 Mazda 3 vs 2019 Honda Civic :

The Honda Civic has a very successful history in the American car market for many years now. The new-gen Civic is nothing short of a well-packed sedan. It comes second in terms of performance after the Mazda 3 but smashes the Mazda in terms of fuel efficiency by a considerable margin. When it comes to the interior, the fit and finish are on point but the Mazda looks a bit more premium. It is clearly a serious contender in its competition.

2019 Mazda 3 vs 2019 Toyota Corolla:

The Toyota Corolla is not the best performer in its class but definitely a safe and reliable car. It is focussed more on providing a family car but lags behind in other aspects. The engine performance and fuel efficiency are not the best in class and fail to keep pace with its rivals. Furthermore, it is one of the lightest cars in the competition which offers good driving dynamics and handling. It is a good car but there are better cars in its competition for a more affordable price tag.

Final Verdict

The Mazda 3 is such a fun car to drive and offers oodles of comfort and engine performance. Moreover, it is the most powerful car in its competition. In terms of exterior design, the Mazda 3 is definitely the most appealing car in its segment and it grabs a lot of attention and has a strong character. Nevertheless, it fails to offer a good fuel economy and it’s a bit of a letdown when it comes to overall performance. Furthermore, it greets you with a plush and eye-catchy interior design and it is absolutely a nice place to be in. In a nutshell, the 2019 Mazda 3 is the number one option in the compact sedan class and it is truly a desirable car.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$21000

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

152 cu in

horse power

186 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

186 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

dimensions
length

183.5 in

wheelbase

107.3 in

width

70.7 in

curb weight

3071 lbs

Height

56.9 in

Ground Clearance

5.5 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

92.8 cu ft

cargo volume

13.2 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

26/30/35 mpg

highway range

567.0 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.


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