The latest generation Mazda 3 sedan was first unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. It made its way to the Philippines in August 2019 together with its Sportback counterpart. The sedan comes in two trims which are the Elite and the Premium variants. The Elite variant is priced at P1,295,000 while the Premium variant is retailed at P1,495,000.
Compared to its previous generation’s design, the facelifted Mazda 3 follows a more minimalist aesthetic. True to the Kodo design language, the sedan comes with more curves and rounded edges than stiff angles. Accompanying the mesh designed grille in front are sleek LED headlamps and daytime running lamps as standard. The top range variant steps it up a notch with high beam controls that are said to eliminate the need for fog lamps.
The base variant rides on 16” metallic gray alloys while the top-spec variant is furnished with 18” metallic gray aluminum alloy wheels. The Premium model also comes with an electrically controlled glass sunroof.
The spacious cabin has a 5-passenger seating capacity with ample legroom and headroom. Specific trims and features differ between the two variant levels although both come in a black interior. The Elite variant comes with seats wrapped in fabric while the Premium variant dons perforated leather-trimmed sport seats.
Adjustability also varies as the base variant comes with an 8-way manual adjust system while the top-spec variant is equipped with a 6-way power adjustability with variable heated front seats. On the dashboard, a leather wrapped shift knob and steering wheel come as standard for both variants. Audio can also be operated through the steering wheel controls.
Technology & Safety Features
The Mazda 3 comes with a slew of new technology and safety features. Both variants are equipped with rain sensing wipers, push start and stop button, auto dimming rear view mirror, front dual-zone automatic climate control, rear ventilation Louvres, and front windshield projected active driving display HUD features as standard. Gauges are displayed through a 7” LCD meter set.
Meanwhile, the top-spec Premium variant comes with a more extensive range of safety features that include cruise control and an I-activesense system. It comprises of blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, smart brake support (forward and reverse), and driver attention alert for road hazards.
In terms of infotainment, the top range model is equipped with Mazda Connect through a 7” touch screen monitor. It is capable of Pandora internet radio integration and Bluetooth Hands Free technology. Audio comes out of a 9-speaker Bose sound system. The base variant comes with an 8.8” LCD monitor attached to an 8-speaker Mazda Harmonic Acoustics sound system.
Platform & Chassis
The 4-door sedan rides on a Mazda BP platform with McPherson Strut front suspension and torsion beam axle at the rear. Stopping power comes from ventilated discs in front and rear solid discs. Both variants are equipped with electric parking brake with auto brake hold systems.
Engine & Drivetrain
There are two engine options for the Mazda 3 sedan. The base variant comes with a SKYACTIV-G 1.5L In-line 4-Cylinder DOHC gasoline engine mated to a SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sport Mode. It can produce up to 109 hp and 146 Nm of Torque.
Meanwhile, the Premium variant is powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.0L In-line 4-Cylinder DOHC gasoline engine mated to a SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sport Mode It produces 152 hp and 200 Nm of Torque.
Both transmissions send power to the front wheels and are also equipped with a G-Vectoring Control Plus system.