Flawless! 2019 Mazda 3 sedan review inside out


This new 2019 Mazda 3 sedan is never like before in terms of performance, speed and elegance. Check out the 2019 Mazda 3 sedan review!

Seems like Mazda lovers are not left out in this year 2019 new release by various auto brands across the globe with its latest 2019 Mazda 3. We definitely expect much from this sedan since we all know the pedigree of this Japanese automaker right from the inception.

1. How Mazda 3 all started

The popular Mazda 3, also known as Mazda Axela is a proper combination of excellence and acceleration; if that is the words you are looking for. This compact car is manufactured in Japan in 2003 but was introduced as 2004 model. It was seen as the perfect replacement for Familia 323 protégé included in the C-segment. In the late 2008, a new second generation Mazda 3 sedan was announced for the 2009 model year and premiered at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Mazda introduced the SkyActiv technology for the 2012 model year, which included a more rigid body, direct injection engine and six-speed transmission. In 2013, the 2014 model year was released for the third generation.

In November 2018, the fourth generation 2019 model year was premiered at Loa Angeles Auto Show and the ASEAN Premiere at the Singapore Motor Show. The 2019 Mazda 3 comes with the newly developed SkyActiv technology. The sedan emerged as the fastest selling car in January 2019. It sold a whopping 6 million units.

2019 Mazda3 | MotorWeek First Drive

2. Remarkable features of 2019 Mazda 3 sedan

When Mazda 3 made his appearance into the market as the fourth generation production, expectations were really high as the compact sedan replaces one of the favourite cars in its segment. Just like in previous years, the new Mazda 3 is available as hatchback and sedan. One of the most exciting offers in this new car is the presence of all-wheel drive system. This is a rare feature and exactly what most people are looking, especially for a car in its category.

After its debut, it comes with a naturally aspirated (2.5 liter) inline-four. The company also promises to add more powertrains down the line. Other brands such as Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte are strong competitors in similar category.


Regardless of trim level, the interior is intimate but not cramped, with every control and interface dutifully considered

Standard features in the 2019 Mazda 3 premium front-wheel drive include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • LED lighting
  • Power driver’s seat, leather seating and trim
  • Keyless entry ignition
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • 8.8 infotainment system
  • Bose audio
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control

The additional fee added to the premium package is $595 (~₦214,000), which is for the paint job. Generally, the tester cost $27,990. That is approximately ₦10.1 million.

3. Refreshed design of 2019 Mazda 3

The new Mazda 3 looks really great both exterior and interior. You definitely can’t beat the price. The interior has that touch and appearance of a true premium sedan coupled with very attractive materials and a cockpit that is quite enveloping. When you take a close look at the outside, you would notice a huge blacked-out grille and a creased engine hood. The 3’s front end sure has mixed appearance of both modern and old-school panache.

Depending on your preference, you might prefer the design in the hatchback. All in all, the sedan is quite a sporty finish, well rounded and of immense value.


2019 Mazda 3 sedan, one of the trims available for high performance lovers

The interior is on the same level with luxury brands. The dashboard is stylishly designed and also minimalist. It is wrapped in soft stitched leather which also extends to the doors with nice metallic accents. The air vent is positioned on the instrument panel to produce a driver-centric experience. All the buttons and knobs are of premium quality. Position of driving is superb with larger space when compared with previous versions.

4. Performance test of 2019 Mazda 3

Another fascinating thing about this car is its drive. It has a great handling with a precise steering wheel. It is perfectly weighted and promises a flawless driving experience. 2019 Mazda 3 has strong grip and neutral feel around corners. Because of the way it is buttoned down, moving over bumps is never a problem. So, you should expect a smooth and firm ride with an exotic European feel.


Mazda 3 hatchback - a different feel of motion perfection

The engine is very powerful with a smart and smooth automatic transmission. We are hoping to see Mazda giving us a turbocharged engine with a manual transmission in the future. Nevertheless, this latest sedan by Mazda is indeed a must-buy car.

In a 2019 Mazda 3 performance test, Auto blog has commented as below:

"The 2019 Mazda3 not only remains a dynamic wonder, I think there's true mass appeal to this little sedan beyond folks who just want a small car that isn't a penalty box to drive.

I had high expectations going in. The black and white leather combination is gorgeous to step into. The shapes and lines are simple, and there's a distinct minimalist effort while still keeping all the functional buttons you might want right in front of you on the dash (cough, Model 3). All the air vents are shrunk down and blended seamlessly into structures that already exist.

Nothing looks particularly out of place, and the ergonomics are spot on — Mazda got the driving position right with a low seat, adjustable center armrest and proper angles everywhere. The only area of the interior where I'm slightly disappointed is the piano black trim surrounding the gear shift. That's going to attract dust immediately, and may never look clean over years of ownership."

Mazda products are known to be a little louder inside especially from the engine and tire noise leaking. But that has been effectively corrected in this new 2019 sedan. With the addition of two extra wall body structures and a more effective sound absorber from the carpeting and headliners, the driving experience is now more peaceful and serene.

2019 Mazda 3 Sedan All-New 4th-Generation

5. Conclusion

This move by Mazda to take this new car into another level is a welcomed development. We are excited here on Naijacarnews and we assure you that there is nothing half-baked about it. You might want to give this car a try after reading this 2019 Mazda 3 sedan review.

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