Have the midlevel SE trim. The SE has a sport-tuned suspension for better handling. Don’t be worried about a stiff ride, although the SE remains relatively comfortable on the road. The SE can also be a great bargain considering all of the safety and tech equipment you receive for the money. Finally, the SE can be obtained with a wide range of options, so you can pick and choose those are right for your budget.
Crossover SUVs might be most of the rage, but there is still something to be said for the tried-and-true midsize sedan. Exhibit A: the 2020 Mazdaspeed 3. Coming off a redesign just this past year, the 2020 Mazdaspeed 3 is a spacious, fuel-efficient sedan with lots of standard safety equipment and lots of options to choose from.
As has been the case for a while, you can get the 2020 Mazdaspeed 3 with a four-cylinder engine or perhaps a stronger V6, or you can get the miserly 2020 Mazdaspeed 3 Hybrid. On the highway, the 2020 Mazdaspeed 3 is comfortable and compliant. 2020 Mazdaspeed 3 also offers two sporty versions that infuse the 2020 Mazdaspeed 3 with a bit of extra personality. Inside, the 2020 Mazdaspeed 3 provides a simple yet feature-packed cabin, particularly if you go with one of many upper trim levels. There are lots of options to choose from across the way.
The 2020 Mazdaspeed 3 can be as competent because they come. It’s well-priced overall, and modern feature content helps it be supremely simple to drive. If you’re looking for something with a bit more class and space than a small sedan, the 2020 Mazdaspeed 3 might just be the sedan for you.
The 2020 Mazdaspeed 3 is the bottom trim. It comes with a relatively light load of features that includes 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 2020 Mazdaspeed 3 Safety Sense, which is really 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 following 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 an automobile 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 many different 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 bigger 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless smartphone charging.
Many of the features found on the upper trim levels can be added to the low trim levels as options. Other notable options incorporate a sunroof, a JBL speakers coupled with an integral navigation system, a head-up display, and a top-down parking camera system.
As sedans go, the 2020 Mazdaspeed 3 stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the back seat is easy to fold down to suit longer items. There are enough cabin storage options to make a lot of people happy. Loading a vehicle seat is straightforward, too.
Cabin storage is good however, not stellar. The forward center console bin is ideal for concealing items but features a hard, slippery floor, so they really slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is really a decent size, and you will find modest door pockets in leading and rear that are good for small water bottles only.
The 2020 Mazdaspeed 3 includes a large trunk, and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles allow it to be an easy task 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 super easy to mount an automobile seat, with obvious and easily accessible lower anchors and package tray-mounted tether point, both under plastic covers. There’s enough space so that the front seat will not need to be scooted all the way forward.