Mazda3 Buyer’s Guide

Much like its predecessors, the all-new 2019 Mazda3 sedan is a sporty car with plenty of options to keep you entertained. The first Mazda3 was introduced in 2003, replacing the much-loved 323/Protege. Since then, it’s developed into an attractive sedan with a rich interior and high fuel performance. All Mazda3 years are worth consideration, but the 2019 Mazda3 sets new standards in safety, technology, and performance.

For safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Mazda3 as a Top Safety Pick+, the highest rating possible for cars this year. The Mazda CONNECT™ infotainment system is intuitive, advanced, and fast. High gas mileage, paired with a powerful engine and new G-vectoring control give the 2019 Mazda3 outstanding performance. That’s why U.S. News ranks it #1 in compact cars.

2019 Mazda3 Trims

The Mazda3, although a compact car, provides room to sit five people. Depending on your lifestyle and family, choose from three unique trims: Select, Preferred, and Premium. 

Mazda3 Select 

Only for the Mazda3 sedan, the Select trim comes with the following features: 

  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • Keyless entry by proximity
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Automatic high beams
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Monitors driver attention and drowsiness
  • Lane warnings 
  • Monitoring of blind spots
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Mazda3 Preferred

The Mazda3 Preferred trim is available in both sedan and hatchback models. Updated features include: 

  • 12-speaker Bose sound system
  • Heated front seats
  • Satellite radio
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Outside mirrors that are power-adjustable and have memory function

Mazda3 Premium 

The Mazda3 Premium trim also comes in both sedan and hatchback models as well as with automatic or manual transmission options. With the Premium trim, benefit from these features:

  • Manual gearbox 
  • Moonroof
  • Head-up display
  • Leather seats
  • Versatile headlights 

The Mazda3 has variable heated front seats and 60/40 split fold-down rear seats to keep everyone comfortable. For added luxury, choose leather for the steering wheel and shifter or a one-touch power sliding-glass sunroof. The Mazda3’s luxurious interior will keep both the driver and passengers comfortable while cruising around Richmond.

Added back in 2017, Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control system gives the Mazda3 a competitive edge. This system helps drivers steer more precisely by adjusting vehicle weight and power delivery for a much smoother ride. In addition, the revised exterior features a sleek front design and color options. Other noteworthy changes include a heated steering wheel option and three-times larger door-panel stow spaces to store water for hikes at Belle Isle.

Mazda3 Safety Features

Mazda6 Safety

The 2019 Mazda3 is packed with safety features to protect your family as you drive around Virginia. It’s equipped with plenty of cameras and a radar that works to improve safety performance. Traffic sign recognition identifies and responds to traffic signs that you might otherwise miss. With the ever-changing construction on Broad Street and new roundabouts in Church Hill, traffic sign recognition helps you navigate the river city and makes the Mazda3 stand out from the Honda Civic and Volkswagen Golf on safety tests.

Other safety features include side-impact door beams, side-impact air curtains, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and passenger weight sensors for front airbags. The lights have high-beam control which automatically switches on and off for oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead. Also, adaptive front lights shift in the direction of your turns for improved visibility.

Backing out of parking spaces at Short Pump Mall no longer has to be stressful – the Mazda3 is equipped with backup cameras as well as traffic alerts to warn you when any cars drive towards you in the parking lot.

While driving on Richmond‘s windy interstates, no longer worry about drifting out of your lane. The lane departure warning system will alert you and, if no action is taken, will perform minor steering changes to keep the car in the correct lane. If you’re intentionally changing lanes, blind-spot monitoring keeps you safe with chiming sounds and warning lights.

For a more comfortable cruise control experience, the Mazda3 uses radars to keep you a safe distance from the car in front of you. These radars also allow for the Smart Brake Support features, which automatically apply the brakes if you’re about to hit an object ahead.

The 2019 Mazda3’s safety features earned it the highest Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Mazda3 Performance


The 2019 Mazda3 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine offers advanced fuel efficiency, while the six speed automatic shifts offer smooth and steady acceleration. These small but impressive engines deliver up to 186 horsepower and up to 36 miles per gallon.

After adding the G-Vectoring control a few years ago, Mazda is now releasing several new engines for the Mazda3 — 1.5 and 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a Skyactiv-X engine, and a 1.8-liter diesel. The Skyactiv-X utilizes both diesel and gasoline engine features to maximize fuel efficiency and speed.

Horsepower186 186186
Engine Size2.5 liters2.5 liters2.5 liters

Mazda stands by the 2019 Mazda3 with the following programs:

  • 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty
  • 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty

Driving Experience

Between the cornering ability, precise steering, and seat side support, the Mazda3 is one of the most comfortable compact cars for both your daily commute and long road trips. This doesn’t only apply to people in the front seats – there is plenty of space to fit three adults in the backseat for a quick trip, or two for a longer ride. Low road noise and a well-shaped headrest add to the Mazda3’s overall comfort.

Not only is the Mazda3 comfortable but as a sporty sedan with quick acceleration, the Mazda3 will transform your daily commute to a fun ride.

Fuel Performance

You’ll rarely need to stop for gas, because the Mazda3 pairs engine performance with superb fuel economy. The 2019 Mazda3 earns 27mpg in the city and 36mpg on the highway.

Mazda3 Advanced Technology Features

2018 Mazda3 Interior

The Mazda3 also boasts a range of exciting technology advancements in its sleek interior. Mazda CONNECT™ infotainment system, keeps you informed about traffic conditions while keeping you entertained with its range of features. Mazda CONNECT™ includes:

  • A 8.8″ full-color touch-screen
  • A commander control for easy access
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • SMS text message audio delivery and reply
  • HD Radio
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming capability
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration
  • Bose® 12-Speaker Premium Audio System

For assured sound quality, Mazda installed a Bose® twelve-speaker surround sound system that you can control from the steering wheel-mounted audio controls. If your phone battery is running low, you can charge it using the power outlet or USB cable plugins.

The digital speedometer and full-color active driving display will keep you informed of your vehicle’s performance as you travel around Richmond.

Never search for your keys again: the Mazda3’s remote engine start, proximity keyless entry, and push button start eliminate the need for traditional keys.

2017 Mazda3 4-Door Pricing

2018 Mazda3 4-Door

The new 2019 Mazda starts at just $21,000.

Starting MSRP for trim selections:

Select $22,600 | Preferred $24,200 | Premium $26,500

Trim OptionsSelectPreferredPremium
Starting MSRP$22,600$24,200$26,500

Test Drive a Mazda3 at Whitten Brothers Mazda

What’s holding you back? Advanced safety, performance, and technology come together in the 2019 Mazda3 to make it best in class. This award-winning compact car is waiting for you now at Whitten Brothers Mazda. To schedule a test drive or ask questions about the 2019 Madza3, contact Whitten Brothers Mazda online or by phone today.

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