Mazda classic ivory and black leather interior available in Premium grade of sedan, giving cabin a clean, serene feel.
Sedan body style still available. Sedan is 8 ins. longer than hatch, but has same wheelbase. Offers base grade unavailable with hatch.
Mazda made center armrest taller, moved controller knob forward and made it larger for optimal arm/hand placement.
Low, sloping roofline, chunky C-pillars make for minimal backseat headroom, limited rearward vision in hatch.
Six-speed manual transmission available only on hatchback, not sedan.
Matte grille standard on sedan, metallic black grille standard on hatch and gloss black grille optional on hatch.
Skyactiv-G 2.5L 4-cyl. carries over from '18, but updated as in CX-5 and Mazda6 with slight output bump. Hatch gets standard cylinder deactivation.
Leather in Premium grade hatchback is red, not white. Can be paired with every exterior color, incl. Deep Crystal Blue Mica.
Satin metal door trim meets cleanly with door release, standard on all grades.
Front LED headlights standard, but those with unique illumination pattern only on Premium grade models.
Reconfigurable gauge cluster with 7-in. TFT standard on all grades of sedan and hatch.
Main screen, no longer a touchscreen, now placed farther for eyes to more easily focus on it, says Mazda. Menus also simplified.
Preferred grade of Mazda3 includes Bose premium audio system with aluminum speaker grilles on doors.
Backseat head and legroom fine for children or smaller adults, cramped for larger persons.