MSRP
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2019 Mazda Mazda3 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The 2019 Mazda3 has an upscale interior with a solid build quality. Infotainment features are straightforward and user-friendly. The front seats are comfortable, but taller passengers will likely feel cramped in the back seats.

  • "If driving dynamics are one half of the luxury car puzzle, interior appointments would be the other. … Mazda did its homework here—materials, from the leather seats to the knurled metal knobs and accents, are all top notch. Mazda's attention to detail also shows in how those knobs and buttons feel when turned or pressed; all have a quality heft and feel to them." -- Motor Trend
  • "First impressions show that Mazda's push to a more premium interior is successful. Already the class leader in terms of style and materials quality, the 2019 Mazda 3 further separates itself from the rest of the segment. We drove a fully loaded Premium package sedan, trimmed with generous amounts of leather upholstery, but even the basic version is full of pleasant soft touch surfaces. Both feel absolutely best in class, straight away. Regardless of trim level, the interior is intimate but not cramped, with every control and interface dutifully considered." -- Edmunds
  • "The cumulative effect is that the 3's interior exudes a quality similar to that of high-end audio equipment or cars that costs tens of thousands more than the new 3's $21,895 base price. … What will be obvious to potential buyers are the quality materials and the clean, simplified interior design." -- Car and Driver

Seating

The Mazda3 seats five people on standard cloth upholstery. Options include synthetic or genuine leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats. The Mazda3 has two complete sets of rear-seat LATCH connections. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, but taller drivers may find headroom a bit lacking. The second row is more cramped, and entry and egress is tight.

  • "The 2019 Mazda3 is 3.2 inches longer than the outgoing model, 1 inch of which is found in the wheelbase. Sadly, that doesn't go a long way toward making the car wildly more spacious -- rear-seat accommodations are as tight as ever. Without official product specs to use for comparison, I can't say for sure if the Mazda's cabin is definitively smaller than other compact cars, but just like the previous 3, it feels pretty cramped in back." -- CNET
  • As for those not in the driver's seat, the front passenger seat is roomy (though it's unpowered and doesn't adjust as much as the driver's seat), and the back seat is comfortable, if a bit tight for taller passengers—the Mazda3 is certainly still a compact inside, unlike, say, the Honda Civic." -- Motor Trend
  • "The 2019 Mazda 3 is a small car. Backseat entry is tight. With the front seats pushed all the way back, it’s almost impossible. A plea to Uber drivers: If you’re buying a Mazda 3, you should only accept ride requests from people with flat heads." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2019 Mazda3 include a 7-inch driver information display, push-button start, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system with an 8.8-inch display, an eight-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and two USB ports.

Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a 12-speaker Bose premium sound system, satellite radio, a moonroof, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Quite a few advanced safety features are available, including automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, driver attention and drowsiness monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a head-up display.

The Mazda3's infotainment system uses an intuitive rotary controller on the center console. Menus are easy to navigate through, and shortcut icons help you quickly adjust commonly used functions.

See 2019 Mazda3 specs »

  • "The 8.8-inch infotainment display is no longer a touchscreen. Mazda engineers have acknowledged what many other companies don't: Hunting for virtual buttons is a dangerous and unnecessary distraction. Instead, a command dial on the center console navigates the menu, while the screen itself now angles toward the driver and moves closer to the base of the windshield. That not only keeps the display closer to the driver's field of vision, but also requires less time to refocus the eyes when directing attention from something distant to something inside the cabin." -- Autoblog
  • "Immediately noticeable is the larger (now 8.8 inches) and repositioned multimedia screen, which is nestled higher up in the dash and canted toward the driver. The graphics are crisp, readable and modern, but the screen doesn't respond to touch; everything goes through a control knob, which, like the shift lever, has been moved slightly forward for better ergonomics. It also bears mentioning that the weighting and feel of the control knob are excellent. It needs just the right amount of force to turn, and its positive engagement and feel are echoed by every other control knob, be it climate control or audio." -- Edmunds
  • "All of the vehicle dials, from the new infotainment roundel and volume knob to the air conditioning controls, all have an identical weight and click … The touch screen has been abandoned entirely on the new car, and the 8.8-inch display screen canted toward the driver is standard on every trim. The menus are easy to navigate with the dial and its surrounding four buttons. There’s also an elegant 'favorites' menu that collects your favorite stations, navigation locations, and others in one single list, instead of creating needless additional sub-menus for commonly-clicked features." -- Jalopnik

Cargo

The 2019 Mazda3 sedan has 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is below average for a compact car. The Mazda3 hatchback offers 20.1 cubic feet of cargo space.

  • "And because a torsion-beam setup is less intrusive, both the trunk and the rear seat see greater capacity." -- Edmunds
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