STATUS: New for 2019, unchanged for 2020 - The fourth-generation Mazda3 sedan and hatchback uses Mazda's latest (lighter and stronger) Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture. The hatchback is about seven inches shorter than the sedan, even though they both share the same distance between the front and rear wheels. During the redesign, the independent rear suspension was replaced with a less-sophisticated torsion-beam unit, but all-wheel-drive became an option. A previously optional 2.5-liter four-cylinder - rated at 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque - is the only available engine now. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but only with one of hatchback trims. A six-speed automatic with available paddle-shift controls is standard for all others. All-wheel-drive - a rarity in the small-car segment - is available for models fitted with the automatic transmission. The spacious and well-turned-out interior has a reconfigurable gauge cluster and a standard 8.8-inch touch-screen that's angled toward the driver. For the 2020 model year, Mazda's suite of dynamic-safety technologies is standard.
Base price (incl. destination): $22,400 (sedan); $24,600 (hatchback)
Type: Compact sedan/hatchback
Engine (h.p.): 2.5-liter I-4 (186)
Transmissions: Six-speed manual; six-speed automatic
Layout: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 26/35/30 (AT)
Base weight (lb.): 3070