Friday, July 30, 2021
5 Questions Answered Five questions about the 2019 Mazda3 redesign answered

Five questions about the 2019 Mazda3 redesign answered

The 2019 Mazda3 rocked the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, and quickly became one of the show’s most talked-about models. That’s saying something given the LA Auto Show was also the sight of the new Porsche 911 and Jeep Gladiator unveils.

As GM abandons its Cruze model and almost every automaker is focused on SUVs, it’s refreshing to see Mazda come out with a brand new 3, and also to see that a lot of effort has been put into this redesign.

What’s new about 2019 Mazda3?

A lot. The model unveiled in Los Angeles is the fourth-generation Mazda3 and includes a brand-new engine along with a pretty noteworthy optional feature.

For starters, the 2019 Mazda3 will be offered with i-Activ all-wheel drive making it only the second compact model to have AWD (the third if you include the Golf Sportwagen). The Subaru Impreza offers it as standard equipment while the Mazda3 will make it available as an option. Still, for buyers living in northern states and Canada, this is some very good news.

Next, the new 3 will offer Mazda’s SKYACTIV-X engine which we’ve been talking about for almost a year now. The SKYACTIV-X uses a complex ignition process called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition, or SCCI. A very lean air-fuel mixture is added to the cylinder and very heavily compressed. It is then ignited using a concentrated injection of fuel around the spark which flows to the rest of the compressed mixture in the cylinder.

The end result is improved torque and lower fuel consumption, like in a diesel engine. Output is expected to be 180 horsepower and 164 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy numbers aren’t confirmed, but Mazda says they should be around 20 percent lower than the current SKYACTIV-G engines despite power being nearly identical to the 2.5-liter four-cylinder currently offered.

The 2019 Mazda3 will also offer the 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter engines available in the current-generation model.

2019 Mazda3 Los Angeles

What’s the 2019 Mazda3’s price?

Pricing isn’t confirmed yet, but we can’t imagine Mazda will up the current $15,900 Canadian starting price too much. We’re thinking maybe $16,500 for the base model and around $ 26,000 for a top-of-the-line Mazda3 with SKYACTIV-X. All-wheel drive will be offered on this model, probably as a $2,000 option.

All that is just speculation, but it makes sense to us.

When will it arrive on the market?

The 2019 Mazda will be released in early 2019 with the exception of SKYACTIV-X models which will arrive later in the year.

Which other cars should you check out?

Now that the Mazda3 offers all-wheel drive, buyers who were looking into the Subaru Impreza may want to wait. The Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra are direct competitors.

Then there’s the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze, but those models are in limbo. The Nissan Sentra is in need of an update, but it’s in the same price range.

2019 Mazda3 LA Auto Show
2019 Mazda3 | Photo: Mazda

What do we think about it?

We were all impressed by the 2019 Mazda3 and believe us, it looks better in person. It will likely be as fun to drive as the current generation and the addition of all-wheel drive has us excited about the possibility of a 186-horsepower GT model with a six-speed gearbox sending power to all four wheels. We still have to see about that, but what’s certain is Mazda improved its compact sedan without diluting what has made it successful. At least on paper, we still have to drive it to be sure.

LA Auto Show 2018: All-new 2019 Mazda3 bows with AWD and SKYACTIV-X


2019 Mazda3 | Photo: Mazda
2019 Mazda3 | Photo: Mazda

2019 Mazda3 | Photo: Mazda
2019 Mazda3 | Photo: Mazda

2020 Mazda3
2019 Mazda3 | Photo: Mazda

2019 Mazda3 | Photo: Mazda


2019 Mazda3 LA Auto Show
2019 Mazda3 | Photo: Mazda

2019 Mazda3 LA Auto Show
2019 Mazda3 | Photo: Mazda

Trending Now

Porsche Built a Concept Minivan to Help Designers Imagine the Next 911

Porsche says two steps forward helps it design the next step Design looks at the day after tomorrow The latest revealed concept vehicle from...

Hyundai Prices 2022 Kona From $21,999 in Canada. Electric Gets Price Cut

Larger screens, new styling for refreshed Kona Electric model sees price cut of $1,300 Hyundai has just priced the 2022 Kona lineup. The refreshed...

Land Rover May Soon Launch a Defender SVR

Output is expected to be more than 600 horsepower. Boosted V8 may potentially be BMW-sourced. Chassis upgrades are likely too. Earlier this year, Land...

Chevrolet Bolt Recalled for a Second Time Following Repairs

At least two “repaired” Chevrolet Bolt EVs caught fire. The recalled Bolt EVs are from the 2017-2019 model years. The first recall, which was...

New Report Says Toyota Has Moved From Clean Car Leader to Working to Delay Them

Toyota introduced the first hybrids, but has pursued fuel cells over batteries Report says automaker actively working to slow EV mandates For years, Toyota...
Charles Jolicoeur
Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including and as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.