The new 2019 Mazda3 is not just some new compact car. According to Mazda, it is now a new premium compact car. We’ll have to agree.
We keep reporting on the fact that car sales are dwindling and although that may be true, there are some manufacturers who have no intention of setting them aside. Mazda may have many SUVs on tap but the first step in its quest to move upmarket is not with the introduction of a new utility vehicle, but rather with the new 4th generation 2019 Mazda3.
If you are in the market for one of these small, affordable and efficient cars, the options are numerous. The Honda Civic remains king in the country, the Toyota Corolla rules the world, then there are the Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Golf and Jetta and a few others. Each offers something but we think the Mazda3 advances nearly everything.
We’ve reviewed the new Mazda3 twice, but now we take a look at whether or not the Mazda3 will fit your requirements. Read on.
Why you should buy a 2019 Mazda3
- At $18,000, the Mazda3 is among the more affordable cars in the segment. It’s a near bargain when one considers the design and standard content.
- The new Mazda3 is the quietest and most refined in the category. It is also very comfortable thanks to its revised seats.
- The availability of AWD makes the 2019 Mazda3 only one of three currently available among its peers.
- On the road, the car is incredibly competent. It is now the one by which all others will be measured.
- The 2.5-litre 4-cylinder is now offered at lower priced trims. Its extra power is welcomed and best of all, the fuel consumption penalty is negligible. The addition of AWD barely increases fuel consumption as well.
Why you should not buy a 2019 Mazda3
- If AWD is an important consideration when buying, the least expensive version retails for $26,000 which is $6,000 more than the basic AWD Subaru Impreza.
- Unlike Subaru and Volkswagen, AWD is included only with an automatic transmission.
- The cabin is not as spacious as some of its competitors.
- Visibility, especially for rear passengers and in the 5-door Sport, is simply bad.
2019 Mazda3 Comparison Tests
The Subaru Impreza and its Crosstrek twin are the Mazda3’s most direct competition when AWD is at the top of the shopping criterion list. In a few words, and as much as we love the Impreza/Crosstrek, it lags behind in almost every respect. The Subaru is better suited to rough surfaces thanks to extra wheel travel and a more compliant suspension and feels roomier overall.
Among the other members in the compact car segment, the new 2019 Mazda3 has nothing to envy from the other cars save perhaps for the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla’s reputation for dependability, low ownership costs and strong resale values.
As it stands, we firmly believe the new Mazda3 to be the better car in its category. In fact, if entry level luxury cars are on your wish list (Audi A3, BMW 2 Series, Mercedes-Benz B Class), we strongly suggest the Mazda3 be given at the very least a once-over and be test driven.
Yes, it is that good.