2019 Mazda3 AWD Reviews Are In: Is It The Compact Car You Should Buy?

Journalists across the United States recently had the opportunity to test out the new 2019 Mazda3 in all-wheel drive configuration. Like the non-AWD models, it is a pretty impressive little car.

The videos below, coming from Redline Reviews, Driving and The Straight Pipes on YouTube, were filmed near Lake Tahoe in California and provide an in-depth look at the new Mazda3.

Sales of the all-new Mazda3 only commenced in the United States earlier this month and prices start at $21,895 for the entry-level Mazda3 Sedan, while the sexy(er) Mazda3 Hatchback starts at $24,495. Both are powered by a SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter petrol engine with 186 hp at 6000 rpm and 186 lb-ft (252 Nm) of torque at 4000 rpm.

The Mazda3 is easily the best looking vehicle in the mainstream segment

The two compacts can be optioned with the i-Activ all-wheel drive system for an additional $1,400 and all models are outfitted as standard with a six-speed automatic transmission. With that being said, the Mazda 3 Hatchback Premium Package does feature a six-speed manual gearbox.

Those who purchase the new Mazda3 will be pleased to know that it comes standard with an interior loaded with features. This includes the car manufacturer’s latest infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additionally, the new Mazda3 includes leatherette seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, and rain-sensing wipers.

Now for the all-important question, is the all-wheel drive system worth it? If you’re looking to make your Mazda sedan or hatchback that little more practical, all-wheel drive is the way to go. Also, all-wheel drive is an option that only costs $1400 so it really is a no-brainer.


  • FlameWater

    So much for AWD not making a difference, it is now becoming a standard on compact vehicles.

    • Alduin

      Mazda went backwards and removed the independent rear suspension with an outdated torsion beam. Hard pass on this car.

  • charlotteharry57

    This vehicle would never work for me. The hatch is horribly ugly (some actually think it’s beautiful). The sedan is the better-looking one, but that super-tiny trunk, fuggedaboudit. And pricing is laughable.

    • LJ

      While styling is subjective, most of the other cars in this segment are homely turds compared to the new 3.

      As far as pricing is concerned, you get what you pay for.

    • Randy Ross

      You think the hatch is “horribly ugly”? Sure, it does take a chance stylistically, but that’s what I absolutely love about it – unique and yes, more beautiful than any other hatch out there. Then I look at the sedan and think it’s the most sedate, boring, *meh* looking thing ever. Amazing how Mazda was able to design sibling cars that appeal to such different buyers.

    • supermanuel

      Agreed. Looks like a hunchback not a hatchback. I really like Mazdas usually but this new 3 is uuuuugly.

      • Giziclown

        What both of you can see in the mirror that’s horribly ugly!!! Both of you have no sense of aesthetics. Just listen to DJ Bobo, and feel Happy!!!

        • supermanuel

          Really? That’s the best you’ve got?


  • SteersUright

    Something is wrong with the design of the rear of the hatchback, it looks rather bad. Also, at these prices, the engine does not offer an acceptable level of power. Neat, fun economy cars at lower prices but, of no interest to me with these loftier price tags. Rather have a far more powerful and better handling Gti, Hyundai hatch (whatever its called) and others.

    • Giziclown

      Mazda 3 is premium, that’s why it is weird for you, that’s the problem of your mainstream thinking…

      • SteersUright

        One more time, this time in proper English please.

        • Giziclown

          Sorry Mr. Shakespeare, you should be a little bit more sophisticated in the field of aesthetics too.

      • Alduin

        Mazda isn’t a premium brand no matter how hard they think they are.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Get that clown from Redline Reviews off of here.

    Next to TFL, he’s the worst.

  • Enter Ranting

    This is the first production car in forever that doesn’t have huge aggressive faux grilles in the front bumper. That’s why the front end looks distinctive, modern and refined.

  • Alduin

    Torsion beam rear suspension wow wtf Mazda.

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