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2019 Mazda Mazda3 Review

The 2019 Mazda3 ranks in the top half of our compact car rankings thanks to its sharp handling and peppy engine. It also has an elegant interior and a very high safety score.

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble and responsive handling
  • Spry acceleration
  • Refined cabin
  • Excellent safety score
  • Mediocre rear-seat space
  • Subpar trunk volume

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership:
This model has never been fully tested for total cost of ownership. Its overall score is being calculated without total cost of ownership.
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Safety: 9.9
Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Mazda3 a Good Used Car?

Mazda fully redesigned the Mazda3 for 2019, and the result is a very good compact car. It's one of the most fun-to-drive small cars, with dynamic steering attributes and good acceleration. Inside, quality materials help create a luxurylike atmosphere, and the infotainment technology is intuitive.

The Mazda3 does suffer a little in terms of practicality. Rear-seat space is nothing special, and the trunk is a little small for the class. However, you can go with a hatchback model for more storage space.

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How Much is the 2019 Mazda Mazda3?

Based on listings for the 2019 Mazda Mazda3, the average list price is $17,540. Prices range from $17,540 to $26,867 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Mazda3 Cost to Own?

We currently do not have projections for the 2019 Mazda3's five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance.

2018 vs. 2019 Mazda3: What's the Difference?

The Mazda3 was fully redesigned for 2019. The chief differences between the 2019 Mazda3 and the previous-generation 2018 model include a more powerful standard engine and a larger infotainment display (8.8 inches, up from 7). Also for 2019, Mazda limited the availability of the manual transmission to a single hatchback trim, and previously standard automatic emergency braking was made available.

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Here are the key changes for the Mazda3 over the past few years:

  • 2016: rearview camera and touch-screen infotainment system became standard
  • 2017: refreshed interior and exterior design; traffic sign recognition became available; all trim levels renamed
  • 2018: low-speed automatic emergency braking made standard
  • 2019: fully redesigned with horsepower boost; larger infotainment display; manual transmission limited to one trim; automatic emergency braking made available

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Mazda3, 2017 Mazda3, and 2018 Mazda3 full reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on a new Mazda3 and other new Mazda vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Mazda3?

The 2019 Mazda3 has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2019 Mazda Mazda3 Recalls

There have been 6 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE: AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY BRAKING Recall Date: 12/18/2019
  • Summary: Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2019-2020 Mazda3 vehicles. The Smart Brake System (SBS) can falsely detect an obstacle while driving, activating the automatic emergency braking system and suddenly stopping the vehicle.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 35390
  • Consequence: Stopping the vehicle unexpectedly increases the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will update the SBS software. In addition, vehicles with certain production dates will receive an instrument cluster software update or replacement and a replacement owner's manual. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began February 14, 2020. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, Option 4. Mazda's number for this recall is 4219L.
  • Dates of Manufacture: SEP 24, 2018 to OCT 22, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 4219L
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V907000
VISIBILITY:GLASS, SIDE/REAR Recall Date: 07/28/2019
  • Summary: Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2019 Mazda3 vehicles equipped with manual dimming mirrors. The adhesive between the interior rearview mirror and the housing may not be properly bonded, allowing the mirror to detach from the housing. Note: Vehicles equipped with auto dimming mirrors are not affected by this recall.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 22571
  • Consequence: Rearward visibility will be reduced without the rearview mirror, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the interior rearview mirror assembly, free of charge. The recall began September 19, 2019. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, option 4. Mazda's number for this recall is 3919G.
  • Dates of Manufacture: SEP 24, 2018 to JUN 19, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 3919G
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V558000
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:HEAD RESTRAINT Recall Date: 07/04/2019
  • Summary: Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2019 Mazda3 vehicles. The seat cover material on both front seats may interfere with the head restraint lock release button, causing it to stick in the release position and not allow the head restraint to lock into place.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 9430
  • Consequence: Loose head restraints may increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
  • Remedy: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will install spacers at the bottom of the lock release buttons on both front seat head restraints, free of charge. The recall began August 20, 2019. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, option 4. Mazda's number for this recall is 3819F.
  • Dates of Manufacture: JAN 14, 2019 to MAY 21, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 3819F
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V514000
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM) Recall Date: 06/26/2019
  • Summary: Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2018-2019 CX-5, Mazda6, and 2019 Mazda3 vehicles. A software error in the powertrain control module (PCM) may cause the engine to stall.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 262220
  • Consequence: An unexpected stall increases the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the PCM software, free of charge. The recall began August 20, 2019. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, option 4. Mazda's number for this recall is 3719F.
  • Dates of Manufacture: SEP 24, 2018 to MAY 10, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 3719F
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V497000
WHEELS:LUGS/NUTS/BOLTS Recall Date: 06/06/2019
  • Summary: Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2019 Mazda3 vehicles. The lug nuts on all four wheels may loosen, potentially resulting in a wheel detaching from the vehicle.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 25003
  • Consequence: A wheel separating from the vehicle increases the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will tighten the front and rear wheel lug nuts to the correct specification, free of charge. The recall began July 9, 2019. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, Option 4. Mazda's number for this recall is 3519F.
  • Dates of Manufacture: SEP 24, 2018 to MAY 02, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 3519F
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V425000
SEAT BELTS:FRONT:WARNING LIGHT/DEVICES Recall Date: 05/13/2019
  • Summary: Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2019 Mazda3 vehicles. Due to incorrect programing, the passenger air bag deactivation indicator light may erroneously turn off although the passenger air bag is deactivated. In addition, the seat belt status indicators for both the front passenger seat and/or rear seats may erroneously turn off although the front passenger and/or rear seat belts are unfastened.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 17016
  • Consequence: Incorrect indicator warning lights may lead the driver and/or passengers to be unaware of deactivated air bags or unfastened seat belts, increasing the risk of injury.
  • Remedy: Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger air bag/seat belt status indicator assembly, free of charge. The recall began July 9, 2019. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, Option 4. Mazda's number for this recall is 3319E.
  • Dates of Manufacture: SEP 24, 2018 to MAR 22, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 3319E
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V363000

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Which Used Mazda3 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Mazda3 is available in sedan and hatchback body types and in four trim levels: base, Select, Preferred, and Premium. All models come with the same 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, and all but one model features a six-speed automatic transmission. If you want a six-speed manual, your only option is a Premium hatchback. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available in most trim combinations.

The base Mazda3 sedan has some nice standard features, such as an infotainment system and digital driver information display. However, it's worth stepping up to the Select trim, which adds synthetic leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The standard Mazda3 hatchback comes with all of those amenities. A base five-door model should also satisfy many buyers thanks to its long list of standard i-Activsense driver assistance features.

  • Mazda3: Standard features in the 2019 Mazda3 sedan include alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, a 7-inch driver information display, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system with an 8.8-inch display, an eight-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, HD Radio, voice recognition, and two USB ports. The Mazda3 hatchback adds standard dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, synthetic leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. It also comes with forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, driver attention monitoring, automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and adaptive cruise control.
  • Mazda3 Select: The Mazda3 Select only comes as a sedan, and it comes with all of the standard features found in the base hatchback model.
  • Mazda3 Preferred: The Mazda3 Preferred includes a 12-speaker Bose premium sound system, satellite radio, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and power-adjustable outside mirrors with memory function.
  • Mazda3 Premium: Mazda3 Premium models come with genuine leather upholstery, a head-up display, adaptive headlights, and a moonroof.

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What Does Mazda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Mazda offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Mazda extends the original limited powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the expiration of the original three-year/36,000-mile warranty. Every CPO Mazda must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits may include towing, a 90-day complimentary SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, extended coverage, and 24-hour roadside assistance, so read the Mazda warranty page carefully.

According to our research, Mazda’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer. Honda, Hyundai, and Kia all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Mazda3?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Mazda3 the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead. Models equipped with automatic emergency braking were awarded a Top Safety Pick designation.

The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. This vehicle earned the highest score of Superior for the effectiveness of its available vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not evaluate the 2019 Mazda3.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Driver attention monitoring
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Head-up display
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

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2019 Mazda3 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Mazda3 or 2019 Honda Civic?

The 2019 Honda Civic ranks a little lower than the Mazda3 because of its slightly lower marks for safety and predicted reliability. Both are great choices in the compact car class, and they have a lot of similarities. The Civic comes in sedan, coupe, and hatchback body styles, with a manual or automatic transmission and a lineup of potent turbo engines.

A standard Civic matches the Mazda3's handling chops, but enthusiasts looking for more powerful engines and performance features will want to check out the sporty Civic Si or the high-performance Civic Type R. The Mazda offers all-wheel drive, which the Honda doesn't. You'll get more standard active safety features in the Civic, but a touch-screen system is not standard. Check out both of these fun small cars and see which one you like more.

Which Is Better: 2019 Mazda3 or 2019 Toyota Corolla?

The 2019 Toyota Corolla has a near perfect reliability rating, but this car is still not as good as the Mazda3. The Corolla has muted acceleration and merely adequate handling, resulting in a poor performance score in the class. However, it bests the Mazda in fuel economy. This Toyota model has a low-rent cabin, and the sedan doesn't offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The Mazda3 hatchback has more cargo space than the Corolla hatchback, but the Corolla sedan is a lot roomier than its Mazda counterpart.

If you want a spacious sedan with a good penchant for reliability – and you can sacrifice technology and performance – a Corolla might suit you. For most other considerations, the Mazda3 is better.

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2019 Mazda3 Performance

How Does the 2019 Mazda3 Drive?

The 2019 Mazda3 comes standard with a four-cylinder engine. Because this car is so light, acceleration is quick. The standard six-speed automatic transmission executes smooth and sharp shifts. You can also get this small car with a six-speed manual transmission but only in the hatchback model of the highest trim.

Mazda's smallest vehicle has engaging handling. With the redesign, Mazda replaced the rear multilink suspension with a torsion beam setup. There's added chassis stiffness to help control body roll and motions around turns, resulting in livelier driving dynamics.

The Mazda3 boasts a pampering ride that borders on luxury quality. It mitigates most road bumps and imperfections, and there is little outside road or wind noise that permeates the cabin.

  • Engine: 186-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard six-speed automatic; available six-speed manual
Does the 2019 Mazda3 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2019 Mazda3's EPA-estimated fuel economy is about average for a compact car. Hatchback and all-wheel-drive models return slightly lower numbers than sedan and front-wheel-drive models.

  • Sedan, automatic, FWD: 27/36 mpg city/highway
  • Hatchback, automatic, FWD: 26/35 mpg
  • Hatchback, manual, FWD: 25/35 mpg
  • Sedan, automatic, AWD: 25/33 mpg
  • Hatchback, automatic, AWD: 24/32 mpg

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2019 Mazda3 Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Mazda3 Seat?

The 2019 Mazda3 seats five people in two rows. The front seats are well-bolstered and contoured, and they remain comfortable for longer trips. Taller drivers might wish for a little more headroom, though. Adult passengers will likely feel somewhat cramped in the second row. Additionally, it can be hard to squeeze in or out of the back seat, especially with the front seats slid far back.

Like many Mazda models, the 3's interior is very upscale. Nearly all surfaces are soft to the touch, and the overall design is both classy and modern. Fit and finish, along with build quality, are excellent.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • Genuine leather upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Mazda3?

The 2019 Mazda3 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The rear middle seat has the ability to borrow the lower anchors from both sides.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the highest rating of Good+ for ease of use. The "+" indicates that the system is among the easiest to use. All of the anchors are easy to find and access, and they're distinct from other hardware.

2019 Mazda3 Features

The Mazda3's infotainment system uses a rotary controller in lieu of a touch screen. A sharp 8.8-inch display sits prominently on the dashboard. Operation of this system is straightforward, helped by conveniences such as a favorites page that stores frequently accessed destinations and audio settings.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8.8-inch display, an eight-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, HD Radio, voice recognition, and two USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 12-speaker Bose premium sound system, and satellite radio
  • Additional standard features: a 7-inch driver information display
  • Other available features: dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and a moonroof

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2019 Mazda3 Dimensions

 Mazda3 Cargo Space

The 2019 Mazda3 sedan has 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is below average for a compact car. The Mazda3 hatchback has 20.1 cubic feet of storage space behind its rear seats.

2019 Mazda3 Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 8 inches to 15 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,022 to 3,255 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Mazda3 Built?

Mazda built the 2019 Mazda3 in Japan and Mexico.

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