The 2020 Mazda Mazda3 Hatch AWD may be one of the best all around compact cars in its class. It’s no wonder Mazda won awards for this car. There is much to love about this car starting with the exterior and interior all the way through to a fun driving experience. The Mazda 3 Hatch AWD starts at $23,700 and the version we tested is $31,470.
The highlights for me were the sporty exterior design, the simplicity of the interior and the fun, comfortable driving experience.
The Mazda 3 comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 186 horsepower. A manual transmission is an option on the hatchback, all-wheel-drive versions and the sedan have an automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard but the tested version had all-wheel drive with automatic transmission. When you press the gas, the car is responsive but it is not particularly fast. Instead, Mazda seems to have focused on ride quality and feel thus retaining the fun-to-drive nature that so many Mazda drivers appreciate. You really feel in control of the car and steering feels natural. The ride is firm but on some of the rougher roads it maintains a comfortable drive experience.
The interior is stylish and comfortable. Mazda takes a minimalist approach but I never felt like there was anything lacking. The console controls always take me a bit to get used to because they are located on the center console. I found myself reaching several times for the AC control because this is where the volume knob is usually located. I learned to appreciate this however as it’s easier to keep your eyes on the road while utilizing the heads up display. The 8.8-inch infotainment display is standard and it looks a lot bigger. The leather seats are very comfortable and also stylish. The red interior is a perfect blend of beauty and comfort. The interior is rounded off with the extremely nice upgraded Bose 12 speaker system.
The exterior design reflects light in an almost deliberate way. With beautiful and calculated lines , it’s no surprise Mazda won 2020 World Car Design of the Year with the 3. The version I tested had the Polymetal Gray Metallic color. The lighting design on the headlights and taillights flow into the grill and accentuate the exterior lines. When I looked at the car I wanted to drive it.
Engine / Powertrain
As mentioned, all Mazda 3’s are equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 186 horsepower. While this doesn’t translate to a huge amount of speed it is responsive and gets great gas mileage. The AWD version we tested gets 24/32 MPG (city/hwy) and I averaged 38 MPG for the week I tested the vehicle. Extremely good on gas while providing enough power to whip in and out of Phoenix traffic.
For 2020, Mazda gives the 3 lineup more standard driver-assistance features. In previous years the base model didn’t come standard with any of the advanced safety equipment that was offered on higher trim levels. Now, every 3 has Mazda’s i-Activsense suite that includes adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, automatic high-beams, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist. The Mazda 3 did win some safety awards and did earn a 5 star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The 2020 Mazda Mazda3 Hatch AWD isn’t the least expensive car in it’s class but I concluded that the quality justifies the price. It’s a fun car to drive, has a beautiful appearance and interior plus it’s great on gas with plenty of space. If you want to know more about the 2020 Mazda 3 then click the link below as follows: