The 2019 Mazda Mazda3 Premium sedan with all-wheel drive is a good example of an automaker toeing the line between an entry level and premium compact sedan. The low price tag along with the luxury interior makes this vehicle well worth consideration for many fleets.
The 2019 Mazda3 should be considered by companies seeking a sedan with the capabilities of all-wheel drive paired with good fuel economy and an elevated level of safety features without sacrificing the fun-to-drive spirit, said Aileen Sato, Mazda's national commercial fleet manager.
Safety should always be at the top of the list when considering a fleet vehicle, and this model comes with the full suite of safety features including driver attention alert, blind spot monitoring system with rear cross traffic alert, smart brake support, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist.
If you're based in an area with inclement weather, the Mazda3's Skyactiv-Vehicle Dynamics with G-Vectoring Control Plus helps forecast and react to the possible loss of traction while driving. All these sensors and protections helped the 2019 Mazda3 earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
The interior of the vehicle is filled with touches of luxury including power driver seat with lumbar support, driver seat memory, heated front seats, Bose speakers, and a windshield projected Active Driving Display. The Active Driving Display is a head-up display projected onto the windshield showing basic information like speed and vehicles in your blind spots. This is a feature I would like more vehicles to start including, since it helps to keep the driver's eyes on the road instead of looking down.
The leather sport seats are comfortable and the leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are nice touches that add to the experience. The trunk can hold a couple pieces of luggage without issue, and the rear seats can be folded down in a 60/40 split if more space is necessary.
The power sliding moon roof can be opened or closed in a single touch and includes an interior sunshade. The infotainment system is still simple and intuitive to use, with the exception of Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
Retaining a Fun Driving Experience
Most importantly, the new Mazda3 retains the two qualities that Mazda is best known for: efficiency and fun. With a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, the Mazda3 get an EPA-rated 25 mpg in the city, 33 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined.
The AWD model with Premium Package starts at an MSRP of $27,900, but our tester came with a cargo mat, doorsill trim plates, navigation SD card, wireless charging pad, auto dim mirror, and Machine Gray paint, which brought it to $29,715.
2019 Mazda Mazda3 Specs
- Engine: 2.5L I-4 (186 hp, 186 lb.-ft.)
- Transmission: 6-speed automatic (with Sport mode)
- All-wheel drive: Optional AWD on all trims
- Cargo space: 13.2 cu.-ft.