Mazda unveiled the redesigned Mazda3 late last year, and now we’re getting the first info on what it’ll cost to put one in your driveway. At $23,600, the hatch will command a slight premium over the sedan, which will go for 21,000 in base trim. It’s a bump of around $3,000 from previous models, but in return for the extra coin, buyers will get Mazda’s new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, which pumps out a healthy 186 horsepower.
That’s a jump from the previous model’s 155 ponies, and if those numbers look familiar, it’s because they’re whisker close to the gain the 2019 MX-5 received, which went from 155 to 181 horsepower. And while we haven’t gotten the chance to spend a full week with one yet, rest assured, a quick spin in the MX-5 confirmed the additional power is noticeable.
As far as options go, they’ll be bundled into three packages, Select, Preferred and Premium, though in keeping with its elevated price point, there will be no Select package for the hatch. Importantly, Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE will be standard across the board. Here’s the official word from Mazda on what the safety suite includes:
Standard i-ACTIVSENSE safety features in the Mazda3 hatchback includes an all-new, first for the brand Driver Attention Alert that displays an alert and sound when it detects driver fatigue or decreased attentiveness, along with Smart City Brake Support, Smart Brake Support, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning with Lane-Keep Assist, High Beam Control and Mazda Radar Cruise Control.
The Select package will include popular features like Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, and keyless entry.
Stepping up to the Preferred package will net buyers an upgraded BOSE stereo, heated seats, and memory position mirrors, while goodies like leather seats, LED lighting, and a moon roof, are the domain of the Premium package.
The 2019 model year also marks the first time an all-wheel drive version of the Mazda3 will be available, which is sure to increase sales in climates with wet and snowy weather. Unfortunately, the all-wheel drive will only be available on models equipped with the six-speed automatic.
A proper stick shift will only be available on front-wheel drive versions of the Premium hatch. While we’d like to see an all-wheel drive, stick version of the hatch, we’re just happy that Mazda still offers a third pedal gearbox in any trim. They’re becoming all too rare.
That said, it’s no secret at everyone at AutoNation Drive is a big fan of the Mazda3. Here’s why our man Omar Rana had to say about his week with last year’s model:
If you don’t already know that Mazda’s entire lineup – from the Miata up to the CX-9 midsize crossover – is designed with drivers in mind, then you just haven’t been paying attention. The 2018 Mazda3 might be Mazda’s most definitive example of its Driving Matters tag line, as it’s part of the affordable compact class, but offers the driving dynamics of something much sportier.
So if you’re interested in a practical hatch with the soul of a sports car, head to your local AutoNation Mazda dealer and check out the Mazda3 for yourself. One test drive, and you’ll see why it’s been such a popular choice in the segment.