Mazda 3 2020: A contender for the best compact car for 2019

Updated Apr 01, 2021 | Same topic: Highlights of the Week

Here's why we think that the 2020 Mazda 3 is a significant contender as the best compact car in the Philippines today.

Mazda 3 2020: A contender for the best compact car for 2019

  • One of the most attractive cars in the Philippine market today
  • Great performance and handling for its price
  • The automatic transmission is one of the best in the market today.
  • A great mix of practicality and sportiness
  • The interior is tastefully designed and comfortable to boot!
  • All in all, a driver-focused vehicle.

Mazda 3 2020: The Kodo Design Language’s wonder car

Whilst other Mazda models have indeed been enhanced by the Kodo Design language, the new Mazda 3 is currently the most perfect example in our eyes.

The designers at Mazda did this by making the hatchback sportier, and the sedan much more mature. What we have are vehicles that do not feature a lick of character lines at all and instead will bedazzle you when light, shadows, and reflections begin to play on the surface of the car.

A picture of a black 2020 Mazda 3.

That light and shadow on the surface of the car is more apparent on the black Mazda 3

So, it would be safe to say that the Mazda 3’s design is quite a departure from the other compact cars available in the market today. A really pleasant departure.  

It doesn’t even have faux vents plus the simple but gorgeous looking set of wheels complements the Kodo Design language quite well.

>>> Click here to read all Mazda 3 Philippines reviews.

red Mazda 3 2020

The red Mazda 3, however, is the most popular color by far

Mazda 3 2020: It’s not about power. It’s about handling!

Yes, other competing models in the same segment might be making more power but we really dig the Skyactiv-G engine and the Skyactiv-Drive. And as we’ve said, the 6-speed automatic Skyactiv drive w/ sport mode is one of the sportiest and most responsive automatic trannys available in the market right now.

In combination with that, the chassis of the Mazda 3 and its brilliant G-vectoring technology making the car respond as one would expect. This in total makes the car respond to the input of a driver just like how a horse responds to a rider. In other words; Jinba-Ittai.

>>> Recommended article: Honda Civic vs Mazda 3: A spec sheet comparison of two popular beauties.

Mazda 3 interior

The interior of the Mazda 3 is also adherent to the Jinba Ittai philosophy

And yes, even that Jinba-Ittai philosophy extends to the interior. It’s comfortable and more planted even during spirited driving.

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Know more about Mazda 3 2024

Mazda 3

The 2023 Mazda3 is a compact sedan sold in the Philippines. Locally, the sedan version of this model has two variants: the Mazda3 Sport 2.0 AT, and the Mazda3 M Hybrid 2.0 AT. Mazda 3 price Philippines starts at ₱1,495,000 for the entry-level Mazda3 Sport 2.0 AT, while the top-of-the-line Mazda3 M Hybrid 2.0 AT is priced at ₱1,695,000.

For engines, the Mazda3 has two engine options. The Sport trim uses a 2.0-liter inline-4 gasoline engine, while the M Hybrid uses a 2.0-liter inline-4 gasoline that works in conjunction with an integrated electric starter motor. At maximum, the non-hybrid engine can make 152 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque. The one with the hybrid powertrain in turn, can produce 162 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque.  Both versions are front-wheel-drive, and both use a six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. 

Size-wise, the Philippine-spec Mazda3 is 4,660mm long, 1,795mm wide, and 1,445mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,725mm. 

Locally, the Mazda3 2023 competes against the likes of the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla Altis, Kia Forte, among others. 

₱ 1,495,000 - ₱ 1,695,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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