Mazda 3 hatchback
Mazda 3 hatchback
Mazda 3

2020 Mazda 3 hatchback

Pros: Nimble handling; available all-wheel drive; long list of available features

Cons: Cramped back seat; some complicated controls; top models get pricey

CG Says: The 2020 Mazda 3 gains standard automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and mitigation, and automatic high-beam headlights for all models. The Mazda 3 was redesigned last year, gaining fresh styling, new technology features, and the availability of all-wheel drive—a rare feature in the compact-car class. The 3 comes as a 4-door sedan or 4-door hatchback. Safety features include a driver-attention monitor and front cross-traffic alert. Other available features include a head-up instrument display and rain-sensing wipers. The sole engine is a 186-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. The standard transmission is a 6-speed automatic, with a 6-speed manual available on the front-wheel-drive hatchback. The Mazda 3 aspires to move upmarket and succeeds, while keeping the sporty attitude that has been a Mazda 3 tradition. Prices are on the high end for the class, tight passenger space is a shortcoming, and rear visibility is iffy in the hatchback. However, the long list of available features, sporty-yet-polished driving demeanor, and available all-wheel drive make Mazda 3 a compelling choice.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback, 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mazda
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices Base sedan: $22,420
Base hatchback: $24,620
AWD Base hatchback: $26,020
Select sedan: $23,620
AWD Select sedan: $25,020
Preferred sedan: $25,120
AWD Preferred sedan: $26,520
Preferred hatchback: $26,120
AWD Preferred hatchback: $27,520
Premium sedan: $27,420
AWD Premium sedan: $28,820
Premium hatchback: $28,420
AWD Premium hatchback: $29,820

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
186
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
6-speed manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-27
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32-36

Mazda 3 sedan
2020 Mazda 3 sedan
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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