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
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.
Of course there is also the question of the rear suspension of the 3 and the exchange of a multi-link with a torsion carrier for 2019. On paper, it looks like a regression, but in the real world the handling does not seem a jot affected his. "If you believe that Mazda is really committed to our philosophy of Jinba Ittai [horse and rider as one]," Hiraishi continued. "They know that we would never sacrifice our dynamism, it's not who we are."
"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.