2019 Mazda3 First Reviews Are In And They Praise Its Handling And Quality

The all-new Mazda3 is around the corner and the first video reviews have started to go online, giving us the chance to find out if there’s substance to go with its style. Whether you go for the hatchback or the sedan, the new Mazda3 comes with a design that clearly stands out of the crowd.

Starting from inside

There’s a very pleasing upmarket vibe surrounding the Mazda3 whether you look it from the outside or sit inside the cabin. The interior is made out of good quality materials and the finish is reportedly very impressive and premium-like, putting the Mazda3 up there with the best in class.

There’s also an 8.8-inch high-definition display for the infotainment system, mounted high up on the dashboard and close to the windscreen; Mazda says that this helps the driver focus quicker on the information shown on the display, which can be controlled only by the rotary dial behind the gear selector.

Interior room isn’t class-leading however, with the new Mazda3 falling behind the best in the class in this category. Blame the sloping roofline for that, while boot volume is also smaller than most of its main rivals, at 295lt of capacity.

The powetrains

US-spec cars will be offered with the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engine with 186hp and 186lb-ft (252Nm) of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission on all models but the hatchback Premium Package, which will feature a six-speed manual. Mazda’s i-Activ AWD system will also be an option. The supercharged 2.0-liter Skyactiv-X engine will follow on a later date.

EU-spec cars come with two engine options from the get-go: a 1.8-liter Skyactiv-D diesel with 114hp and 199lb-ft (270Nm) of torque and a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G mild-hybrid petrol engine with 120hp and 157lb-ft (213Nm) of torque. We have heard from Mazda Slovakia that the supercharged 2.0-liter Skyactiv-X engine for EU models will make 178hp and 164lb-ft (222Nm) but take it with a small grain of salt, at least until Mazda releases the official details.

Let’s see what CarsGuide, Thomas Geiger and Drive.com.au have to say about the new 2019 Mazda3 in the following videos.


  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    This thing is stunning, easily the best in class right up there with the Civic.

    Makes you wonder how Nissan has fallen so far behind the curve with their Sentra….

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Why! It’s almost like a slightly larger Versa! 😉

      • EM1


        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          The Sentra…

          • EM1

            I don’t think it looks in anyway like an economy car, maybe to the wealthy.

          • Loquacious Borborygmus


          • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

            Everything about the Sentra looks like an economy car.

    • LJ

      The Civic? The Civic is a turd… perhaps the most unattractive car in the segment.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        Styling aside, how is one of the best selling, and best reviewed cars in the segment a turd?


        • LJ

          Because we’re discussing styling.

          The Civic may be one of the best selling/reviewed cars in this segment, but it’s also perhaps the least attractive. Not too many people will disagree with that statement.

          • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

            “Not too many people will disagree with that statement”

            Pretty sure you’re wrong there.

            Let’s talk about actual consumers, people who bought the product.
            Honda sold 325,000 Civics in CY18 and 375,000 in CY17. I think that’s 700,000 people who would disagree with that statement.

          • LJ

            People buy ugly cars all the time.

            Reliability sells Hondas, not their looks.

          • Shobin Drogan

            If reliability sells then the corolla should’ve outsold the civic significantly more but it did not. The civic has a much roomier back seat, a bigger trunk, a better infotainment system, the interior also looks more modern than the ageing dash on the 2018 Mazda 3.
            The base engines on the 3 is weaker compared to the civic’s equivalent base engine, it also returns with marginally worse fuel economy than the civic.
            While i would personally choose the mazda 3 over the civic. The civic has many points over the 3 that buyers would go for. Not to mention, looks is a subjective thing, and while i think the Type R is hideous, the regular civic looks fine and somewhat classy to me.

          • LJ

            I never said the Civic was a bad car, I said it’s ugly, which it is.

            And yes, perceived reliability is the main reason people buy Toyotas and Hondas.

  • Merc1

    I just love the hatchback.


  • Matt

    The CarsGuide video is from the US launch which was published in January..


    Better than GM nor Ford. This car will sell like hot cakes

    • Jay

      In the US, it will won’t sell well at all–not at MSRP. The promised skyactiv-x engine is a no show. The rear suspension is severely downgraded while the price is jacked way up. Finally, the 6mt is only available on the most expensive trim. The new mazda3 is not only uncompetitive with the Civic, it’s uncompetitive with the outgoing model.

  • EM1

    The Rear view mirror video monitor sold in Cadillac and some Nissan products should be optional on this to avoid blind spots and criticisms

  • Momogg

    Real drivers can handle blindspots. 😉

  • LJ

    Saw both the hatch and the sedan this weekend at the Chicago auto show. Stunning in person and the interiors are top notch.

  • Robert

    Mazda now has this generation Pacer/Gremlin in their lineup

  • Giziclown

    *unkin* stunning!!!

  • Socarboy

    Nice looking vehicle and the Mazda3 will no doubt remain a front runner in the compact class. One concern with the hatch though is that thick c-pillar which looks like it could compromise rear viability.

  • WalthamDan

    The sedan carries on the gorgeous design of the 6 and should do well. The hatch though losing it at the C pillar. I bet it will be as cave-like inside as a Camaro.

    • Kyle Newberry

      Actually, it’s not bad at all really.

  • SteersUright

    Solid axle rear never feels properly sorted, ever. Very curious what tech Mazda employed to somehow make it work.

    • Eric

      Ford was able to sort out the live axle in the Mustang, so I guess there’s wizardry still yet to be grasped in all things mechanical.

  • brn

    Meh. Not quite as pretty as it’s predecessor. Doesn’t address the negatives at all. Still running on a modified version of a discontinued Ford motor.

    Btw: That last statement was mostly poking fun at people who don’t get that basing things on previous things isn’t necessarily bad (the 2.5L was/is an amazing motor that Ford should not have dropped). My post was serious otherwise.

    • Kyle Newberry

      I mean Ford just stole the 2.3L Ecoboost from them. And it’s not actually a Ford motor, it’s ported 2L that Mazda made. Or basically heavily revised to the point you can’t recognize Ford in it.

      • brn

        Ford hardly stole it. The patents around the tech are all Ford.

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