2019 Mazda3 Four-Door Sedan
Automakers in the compact sedan segment are continuously working to stand out from their rivals, often by adding standard features that are more typically found in larger and more expensive vehicles. Mazda has done exactly this with its redesigned 2019 Mazda3 four-door, while also sharpening its appearance inside and out. What’s special about this sedan is that it appears to be more thoughtfully crafted than its competitors, with an interior style that makes you feel you’re in a European auto – but at a significantly lower price.
There are four trim levels, or “packages,” as Mazda calls them: the base, Select, Preferred, and Premium. They all get the 186-horsepower Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission (a manual transmission is available only on the hatchback version of the ’19 Mazda3). Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive can be ordered on all trims except for the base.
Comfort and Convenience
Selecting the base-level trim provides a modest slate of standard amenities, including push-button start, a rearview camera, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Upgrading to the Select package adds plenty more with keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls, and simulated leather upholstery. The Preferred package provides an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, driver-seat memory functions, and heated front seats, while the utmost package, the Premium, includes a sunroof and leather upholstery for an extra touch of luxury.
Active safety features are unavailable with the base-level package, although it does feature daytime running lights and a rearview camera. The Select package is where most of the active safety features are found, with standard forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, a driver attention monitor, automatic high-beam control, and lane keeping assist. The remaining two packages include these in their standard equipment as well.
This is where the base package really stands out from other compact cars, with a driver information screen, a fairly large and class-leading 8.8-inch central infotainment system, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, integrated voice commands, and an eight-speaker audio system complete with HD radio and two USB ports. On the Select package, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are added. Upgrading to the Preferred package introduces the stellar twelve-speaker Bose audio system, which comes with Centerpoint 2 and AudioPilot 2 technology, as well as satellite radio. The Premium package gets this premium sound system as well, plus a heads-up display that projects driving information clearly on the windshield and replaces the oft-complained-about retractable screen from last year’s Mazda3.