2019 Mazda3 Premium: Ready for Its Closeup With a Whole New Design

Published: Monday, August 19, 2019 | 9:57 PM

2019mazda3475If you are sick of the soccer-mom, see it everywhere crossover, look to the sedan. With it’s new styling and more powerful engine, the 2019 Mazda3 is ready for its close-up. As a mid-sized sedan that comfortably seats four, the Mazda3 now offers AWD, that gives that extra-grip in loose gravel and snow (ok, Southern California doesn’t have a lot of snow, but you never know). As always with the Mazda brand, the interior is attractive and classy.

The Mazda3 comes in a Sedan or a hatchback and has four different trims: base, Select, Preferred and Premium. It also offers AWD as a stand alone feature on all versions but the base. This review will focus on the Sedan Premium without AWD.

At the top of the line the Premium trim adds goodies to the base like adaptive headlights, a sunroof, a head-up display, leather upholstery, and paddle shifters. This is in addition to great stuff like, power-adjustable driver’s seat, driver-seat memory functions, heated front seats, a 12-speaker Bose audio system with satellite radio, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, vinyl door trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, simulated leather upholstery, a rear armrest, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

Getting 186 horses and 186 pound-feet of torque from the 2.5-liter, four cylinder engine, the Mazada3 zooms along the road with plenty of power. The engine is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Expect to get 27/city, 36/highway and 30/combined mpg.

2019mazda3intMazda has always excelled with the interiors of their cars and the Mazda3 is no different. With quality materials and a minimalist style, the inside is just as attractive as the outside. I really like the single-knob interface for the infotainment screen. Although touchscreens are easy to use I really hate all the fingerprints on the screen. The interface on the Mazda is really simple to use and eliminates all those nasty fingerprints.

Seating is plenty roomy in the cabin, but backseat passengers may find legroom a bit limited depending on how tall the front seat riders are. The trunk will hold 13.2 cubic feet of cargo which is average, but that number is added to with the 60/40-split backseats.

Driving the Mazda3 is like most of the Mazda lineup plenty zippy. It gets going from a dead stop and follows up with smooth-quick acceleration. Steering is dead-on with a good feel to the steering wheel. It’s got a pretty good turning radius so you won’t have to double-think U-turns.

Want a good-looking sedan to get you around in style? Give the 2019 Mazda3 Premium a test drive.