Mazda3 Hatchback Buyer’s Guide

2018 Mazda3 Sedan

The redesigned 2019 Mazda3 outperforms the competition and is known for its beautiful and versatile interior. 

Like its predecessors, the new 2019 Mazda3 hatchback is a sleek sports car with many entertainment options. The first Mazda3 was introduced in 2003 to replace the much-loved 323/Protege model. Since then, it’s become an attractive hatchback with a luxurious interior and high fuel efficiency. The 2019 Mazda3 sets new standards in safety, technology and performance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Mazda3 as Top Safety Pick+, the highest rating for cars this year. The new Mazda3 infotainment system is intuitive, faster, and comes with a wider screen. High gas-mileage combined with a powerful engine and G-Vectoring control give the 2019 Mazda3 hatchback excellent performance. That’s why US News ranked it #1 in hatchbacks.

2019 Mazda3 Hatchback Features

Although the Mazda3 is a compact car, it seats five. Depending on your lifestyle and needs, choose from two trims: Preferred and Premium. 

Mazda3 Preferred

The Mazda3 Preferred trim is available in both sedan and hatchback. New and 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

Mazda3 Premium 

The Mazda3 Premium trim also comes as a sedan or hatchback as well as with automatic or manual transmission. With the Premium trim, take advantage of:

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

The Mazda3 has variable heated front seats for comfort and split 60/40 rear seats. For extra luxury, leather covers the steering wheel and shift lever. You can also select a one-touch electric sliding glass moonroof. The luxurious interior of the Mazda3 will keep the driver and passengers comfortable as they explore Richmond.

The Mazda3 hatchback has an impressive cargo space at 20.1 cubic feet with the seats up making it the perfect vehicle for weekend trips.

2018 Mazda3 Hatchback vs. 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback

2018 Mazda3 Interior

Compared to the 2017 and 2018 Mazda3, the new Mazda3 has a slightly longer body that provides more room in the rear seats. The engine is derived from the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and now qualifies as 186 horsepower which beats the previous model’s 184 rating. 

While the low-speed automatic braking is now optional in this model, the infotainment system has been upgraded to an 8.8-inch screen. 

Mazda3 Hatchback vs Mazda3 Sedan

2018 Mazda3 5-Door
2018 Mazda3 4-Door

Trying to decide if the hatchback or sedan is better for your lifestyle? The 2019 Mazda3 hatchback and sedan both feature the same engines, safety rating, 5 passenger capacity, 60/40 fold down seats, manual and automatic transmission options, and affordability.

The biggest differences between the Mazda3 hatchback and sedan are the starting price and cargo space. The starting price for the hatchback is slightly higher, but if you’re looking for added cargo space it is worth it. The Mazda3 hatchback has over twice the cubic feet of storage for carrying soccer equipment or even small furniture across Richmond. Not interested extra cargo space? Read our 2017 Mazda3 sedan buyer’s guide for more information.

 2017 Mazda 3 Hatchback2017 Mazda 3 Sedan
Starting Price$23,600$21,000
Cargo Space47.1 cubic feet20.2 cubic feet
Trim Options2 options3 options

Mazda3 Hatchback Safety Features

Mazda6 Safety

The 2019 Mazda3 hatchback is packed with safety features to protect your family while driving through Richmond. Multiple cameras and a radar work together for improved safety performance.

Camera and Radar Technology

Parking in Richmond‘s tiny downtown garages no longer has to be stressful – the Mazda3 is equipped with backup cameras and traffic alerts to let you know exactly what cars around you are doing.

While traveling on Richmond‘s winding interstates, you don’t have to worry about drifting outside your lane. The lane departure warning system will notify you, and if no action is taken, will make minor steering changes to keep the car on track. If you intentionally change lanes, the blind spot monitoring keeps you safe with the chiming sounds and warning lights.

Driving at night is less challenging with the high-beam light control which automatically adjusts your high-beam lights on and off for oncoming traffic. Also adaptive headlights move 15 degrees towards curves when turning for better visibility.

Crash Safety

The Mazda3 uses radar technology to help you maintain a safe and comfortable distance from the vehicle in front of you when using cruise control. These same radars control the Smart Brake Support functions that will automatically apply the brakes if you’re about to hit an object ahead.

Numerous safety features keep everyone safe in an accident. These include side impact door beams, side impact air curtains, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and weight sensors for passenger front airbags.

The safety features of Mazda3 2019 earned it the Top Safety Pick+ rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Mazda3 Hatchback performance

2017 Mazda3

The 2019 Mazda3 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine offers advanced fuel efficiency, while the six speed automatic shifts provide smooth and steady acceleration. These small but powerful 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 a few new engines for the Mazda3 — 1.5 and 2.0-liter four-cylinders, a Skyactiv-X engine, and a 1.8-liter diesel. The Skyactiv-X uses both diesel and gasoline engine features to maximize fuel efficiency and speed.

Mazda stands by the 2017 Mazda3 hatchback with the following programs:

  • 3-year/36,000-mile Basic Warranty
  • 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Warranty

Fuel Performance

The Mazda3 engine pairs performance with excellent fuel economy, meaning you can spend less money on gas and more at restaurants like Laura Lee’s or The Roosevelt. The 2019 Mazda3 gets 27mpg in the city and 36mpg on the highway. 

A Comfortable Driving Experience for Passengers

Between the turn, precise steering and the side of the seat supports The Mazda3 is one of the most comfortable compact cars for your daily commute, Sunday drives to Maymont, or even long road trips. This does not only apply to people in the front seats – there is enough room for three adults in the back seat for a trip around town or two for a longer journey. Low road noise and a well-formed headrest add to the Mazda3 hatchback’s comfort. But comfort isn’t boring in the Mazda3. This sporty car with quick acceleration transforms your everyday journey into a fun ride.

Mazda3 advanced technology features

The Mazda3 hatchback also offers a wide range of exciting technology advancements in its stylish interior. The infotainment system, Mazda Connect, provides traffic information while keeping you entertained with a range of features including:

  • 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 reliable sound quality Mazda has installed a Bose surround sound system with nine speakers that can be controlled by buttons on the steering wheel. If your phone battery is on empty, you can charge it with the 12-volt power outlet or USB cable plugin. The digital speedometer and active full-color driving display provide information on your Mazda’s performance when driving around Richmond.

Never spend time searching in your bag 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 Hatchback 5-Door Pricing

2018 Mazda3 5-Door

The new 2017 Mazda3 Hatchback starts at just $23,600.

Starting MSRP$25,200$27,500

Testing a Mazda3 Hatchback at Whitten Brothers Mazda in Richmond

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

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