Review: 2019 Mazda 3

By John Hayden

The 2019 Mazda 3 is always the sportiest model in the compacts section of the Hayden Auto Loans second-hand lot. Built around a next-generation architecture, it optimizes human perceptions and abilities. This evolutionary makeover is subtle, with its creative design still aligned with the crossover SUVs and larger sedans offered by this automaker. However, its styling is now a touch more dramatic, with chunky rear roof pillars that add visual heft. Notably, this distinctive silhouette was penned in Mazda’s KODO Soul in Motion brand design language.

The Mazda Heartbeat

What sets Mazda Design apart from other brands is an obsession with the ultimate form of beauty,” says Design Division Head Ikuo Maeda, who invented this concept. He explains that this manufacturer no longer focuses on simply maximising the appeal of each model. Instead, it makes sure that its entire vehicle range fascinates consumers.  “What we do today is create designs that enable the whole Mazda line-up to present a unique, consistent message,” he adds. By breathing life into each model, KODO (it means ‘heartbeat’ in Japanese) Design is creating cars with a vital force, a soul. Crafted by the caring hands of talented designers, this concept blends purity with dynamism and sensuality.

Comfort with Confidence in Eastern Canada

Much of the agreeable wheel-feel of the 2019 Mazda 3 is due to its front suspension, which is firmer than its predecessors. This is matched by an innovative torsion-beam layout with coil springs at the rear, a longer steering ratio, and tyres with softer side walls. Together with minor changes to the front geometry, this layout provides more precision and a more natural feel. Accordingly, the outcome is less trip fatigue, which is often caused by muscles automatically adjusting to bumpy road surfaces for hours on end.

Fuel Savings Through Compression in Halifax

One of the most fun-to-drive compacts, the dynamic steering and spry acceleration results in responsively nimble handling for the 2019 Mazda 3. Rated at 186 horsepower, its fuel-saving 2.5-litre inline-4 engine nevertheless packs a punch, with a six-speed automatic transmission.  Burning unusually lean fuel mixtures through a special compression unit, the high-compression Skyactiv-X ignition system offers fuel economy improvement of up to 30%, compared to the basic 2.0-li engine.

2019 Mazda 3 Has Budget-Priced Touches of Luxury 

Overall, a cluster of significant changes to both the small sedan and hatchback versions result in quieter rides with comfortable but elegant interiors. Moreover, quality materials create an atmosphere of discreet indulgence, with an infotainment system that is intuitive.

This consists of the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system with voice commands; a multi-function command control with a generous 8.8″ centre display and a full-range, door-mounted sound system with eight tweeter speakers; Pandora internet radio integration and radio broadcast data system programme information; an AM/FM Audio System with a digital clock; HD radio; SMS text message audio delivery and reply; a Bluetooth hands-free phone; and two USB audio inputs.

Safety Upgrades All Round in the 2019 Mazda 3

Both its sedan and hatchback versions are rated as Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  Consequently, the 2019 Mazda 3 offers a wide range of available advanced safety features. They include:

  • Forward collision warning;
  • Pedestrian detection;
  • Blind spot monitoring;
  • Rear cross traffic alert;
  • Automatic high-beam headlights;
  • Lane departure warning;
  • Lane-keep assist;
  • Head-up display;
  • Adaptive head-lights;
  • Mobile automatic emergency notification.

A new infrared driver-attention monitoring system alerts drivers when their attention drifts away from the road. Logically, this works with the automatic emergency braking system. Meanwhile, the advanced adaptive cruise control option can handle steering inputs automatically in some high-traffic situations. Automatic emergency braking is standard on the 2019 Mazda 3, together with a rear-view camera. Additionally, forward cross-traffic alerts improve safety at crossings.

The Verdict: For smaller families, the 2019 Mazda 3 is a great choice that retains its value over the years. Another major advantage is its i-ACTIV all-wheel drivetrain (matched with automatic transmission on higher trims). This also provides added safety for winter trips in Nova Scotia. Do you want to get your hands on this amazing machine?  Click here to apply for an auto loan in Nova Scotia.

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