Have the midlevel SE trim. The SE has a sport-tuned suspension for better handling. Don’t be worried about a stiff ride, although SE is still relatively comfortable on the road. The SE can also be a great bargain considering most of the safety and tech equipment you obtain for the money. Finally, the SE is available with a wide range of options, to help you pick and choose those are right for your budget.
Crossover SUVs could be all the rage, but there is still something to be said for the tried-and-true midsize sedan. Exhibit A: the 2019 Mazda 3. Coming off a redesign just a year ago, the 2019 Mazda 3 is just a spacious, fuel-efficient sedan with plenty of standard safety equipment and plenty of options to decide on from.
As has been the case for a while, you can get the 2019 Mazda 3 with a four-cylinder engine or even a more powerful V6, or you may get the miserly 2019 Mazda 3 Hybrid. On the highway, the 2019 Mazda 3 is comfortable and compliant. 2019 Mazda 3 also offers two sporty versions that infuse the 2019 Mazda 3 with a bit of extra personality. Inside, the 2019 Mazda 3 supplies a simple yet feature-packed cabin, particularly if you choose one of the upper trim levels. There are many of options to pick from along the way.
The 2019 Mazda 3 is really as competent while they come. It’s well-priced generally, and modern feature content makes it supremely an easy task to drive. If you’re looking for something with much more class and space than a small sedan, the 2019 Mazda 3 might you need to be the sedan for you.
The 2019 Mazda 3 is the bottom trim. It comes with a relatively light load of features that features 16-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, navigation (GPS Scout Link), Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity, one USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system.
Standard on every 2019 Mazda 3 Safety Sense, which really is a suite of driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assistance, and automatic high beams.
On the next rung up the ladder is the LE.It adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding back seat and a car alarm. For a sporty dynamic, look at the SE.It adds a sport-tuned suspension, revised steering calibration, 18-inch wheels, simulated-leather upholstery (SofTex) seats and paddle shifters.
You can think of the XLE and the XSE trim levels as versions of the LE and the SE, respectively, with a variety of additional comfort and convenience items. Highlights include larger wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, extra USB ports, a larger 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless smartphone charging.
Many of the features located on the upper trim levels may be included with the lower trim levels as options. Other notable options add a sunroof, a JBL audio system combined with an integral navigation system, a head-up display, and a top-down parking camera system.
As sedans go, the 2019 Mazda 3 stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the back seat is simple to fold down to suit longer items. You can find enough cabin storage options to make many people happy. Loading a vehicle seat is straightforward, too.
Cabin storage is good but not stellar. The forward center console bin is ideal for concealing items but has a hard, slippery floor, so they slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is a decent size, and you will find modest door pockets in the leading and rear that are good for small water bottles only.
The 2019 Mazda 3 features a large trunk, and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles make it easy to expand the space. Loading groceries or luggage is helped out by the wide opening and a low liftover height.
Child safety seat accommodation
It’s very easy to mount a car seat, with obvious and readily available lower anchors and package tray-mounted tether point, both under plastic covers. There’s enough room so the front seat need not be scooted entirely forward.