2019 Mazda3 Road Test Review: Specifications, Statistics and Driving Impressions
Fun while driving. The sentence seems to be displaced by every car advertising team, magazine advertisement, and influencer account – it's overused that it has lost all meaning. When Mazda, a small company that actually makes cars that are fun to drive, talks about their compelling feature, it loses itself in the cacophony of advertising issues.
However, we are here to tell you that although it is hard to quantify, some cars are objectively more fun than others, and the brand new Mazda3 from 2019 is – and that's a very technical term – a damned one bang. On Mazda's request, we took a 201
9 sedan on the Angeles Crest Highway just outside Los Angeles. With many yellow signs, tight sequences of steep turns and elevation changes, it is the Platonic ideal of these serpentine mountain roads that you see in car advertising.
As soon as the Mazda3 reaches the windy roads, it glides into the sea like an otter. Lively and graceful, it dances more naturally on a tarmac road than any other compact sedan we've driven since the advent of Drive-by-Wire. The steering is not only straightforward and true, but has an extraordinary ability to maintain trajectory. From the moment you turn, you do not need to adjust the steering wheel until the front tires are straight again. The car always drives exactly where you want it to go.
The car's attitude becomes particularly clear as the momentum shifts from one direction to the other, causing Mazd A-suspension engineer Dave Coleman referred to as "transience". In most cars, passengers are thrown around the cabin like mannequins, but the 3 makes out the turbulence, and her body is designed to move in a gentle curl. In the middle of the transition there is even a moment of weightlessness before the car goes into the next corner, and the seat seems to pick you up and carry you on.
You do not have to be a Yoshimi Katayama to finess this Mazda Some may think it's less than a hardcore sports car. But on the contrary. In fact, it's much more difficult to construct a car that makes the Mazda3, because they not only drive with horsepower and traction to achieve benchmarks. The best example of this philosophy may have been exemplified by a Japanese exercise machine.
"With the torsion bar, we've been able to increase the lateral stiffness a good deal," added Hiraishi. "There are fewer arms and bushings that divert in different directions when the car turns "It works well, there's no reason to hang on what's under it.
In fact, it almost overshadows the other aspects of the 3, which are also very good: the only powertrain is inherently Spirated version of Mazda's 2.5-liter SkyActiv engine, which was also found on the CX-5 , paired with a 6-speed automatic. This is for the sedan, which is the only available version at this time (the tailgate offers a manual option for the highest trim level).
We found this engine producing 186 horsepower and 186 lbs. The torque and the cylinder deactivation are impressive, impressive in other Mazdas, and it continues to serve as an outstanding engine in the 3rd Mazda stubbornly refuses to add more than 6 gears to the transmission, but for Coleman reasons: "The fewer gears the less will chase it. "The activated sport mode keeps the gears longer for sweeping acceleration – and it's wise enough that in a rare turn of events we did not long for manual pain – but the throttle or throttle response does not change, as with many of the case is cars. "That," Coleman explained with a wry grin, "because we've already found the ideal setting."
It's all part of a great mission, lifted to move, and the rest of the cabin does not disappoint. Deluxe materials clothe most surfaces and save the hard plasticity of the steering wheel. The seats offer excellent support with no limiting padding, clinging to winding roads without restricting trunk or arm movement, and supporting the driver's side with thighs. Mazda also does not shy away from safety technology, adding front cross traffic warnings for 2019. A traffic jam assistant can either follow the lane trail or track the vehicle below 40 miles per hour. The cab is also extremely quiet for a C-segment offer.
The base-3 sedan starts at $ 21,895, and the only thing about the driving experience anywhere in the same zip code is the Honda Civic. However, the Civic Sport Sedan starts at 21,150 dollars and has only 158 hp. The 3 is more closely aligned with the Civic Si, but you're already spending at least $ 24,300 and it looks like it's been designed by a robot.