Mazda3 Premium Package

Japanese car manufacturer Mazda has been at the forefront of creating some of the popular cars on the road from the Mazda RX-7 of 1978, to the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata and of course, the ever-evolving Mazda3 that made its first debut in 2004. All these cars have one thing in common regardless of the technology they are using at the time: an incredible sensitivity to the science and art behind driving.

In 2019, Mazda introduced its first all-wheel-drive car with the Mazda3 AWD. For many car enthusiasts, that may sound like Mazda has caught on to technology that’s already standard today. After all, all-wheel drive technology has been around since 1900 when the first AWD car, Lohner Porsche, was built.

But Mazda has a little surprise up their sleeve with their AWD technology that sets it apart from standard all-wheel drives. More on that later. This year’s 2020 Mazda3 Hatchback has added more innovation to their AWD technology.

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The Mazda3 AWD

The hatchback Mazda3 injects a dose of fun in an otherwise overcrowded model. It features a sophisticated look and a five-passenger seating capacity. However, if you’re looking for an avant-garde design for your car, this is a home run.

The design

The overall design of the Mazda3 AWD is compact compared to other hatchbacks/sedan models on the market. It features a C-pillar design complemented by clean lines on the rest of the structure. You’ll enjoy excellent trim levels, whether you buy the basic or the premium trim. The trims give the car luxurious feel without the price tag of a luxury car.

The interior of the car is arguably one of the best designed in hatchback models. It’s decluttered and neat with hidden door handles and vents. It comes with red leather-trimmed sport seats, plus a leather-wrapped gear selector and steering wheel. The red infused cabin is classic while remaining inviting with bins that have 2 USB ports and the MAZDA CONNECT Infotainment System.

The dashboard has a wide screen that’s easy to see, and it’s angled slightly towards the driver. Instead of a touch screen, which is often difficult to operate while in a vehicle, the entertainment system features knobs to control your playlist and other functions. Since many motorists find using touch screens distracting during driving, the knob is a more practical option.

The Mazda3 AWD is fitted with heavy slits of LED headlights and a hexagonal grille that gives it a sleek look on the road. The taillights are also LED.

The performance

Like other Mazdas, the Mazda 3 AWD utilizes a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This affords the car an above-average performance considering that it produces 186 horsepower. The torque is channeled through a six-speed auto, and the vehicle still maintains exceptional grip at high speeds.

Apart from the Subaru Impreza, this Mazda is the only other hatchback model with an all-wheel-drive system. The AWD system enables the car to have excellent grips on all types of terrains. When the vehicle is in sport mode, it unleashes the car’s low-end torque giving the car even more power in an instant. The i-ACTIV AWD allows the vehicle to adapt quickly to weather and react to lost traction, a particularly lucrative feature for those who live in rainy Washington.

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The AWD technology used by Mazda is different from others because Mazda has integrated the control of all components into one computerized system. 

The system allows the engine, transmission, the all-wheel-drive, and GVC algorithms to communicate and find the best balance and grip for each wheel at the time of driving. This means that the unique all-wheel-drive on the Mazda3 is software-based and not hardware-based. 

The hardware is the typical drive shaft, power take-off unit, and the rear differential, but the software puts them to work more efficiently than with other AWD systems.

The car comes with a seven-inch instrument cluster that provides information about navigation and music playlists or communication. Mazda3 displays right onto the windshield. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard features on all Mazda3 trims.

Comfort and safety

Apart from the fantastic aesthetic of the red leather on the seats, the support and comfort are outstanding. 

The headroom at the front of the car is just as tight for a taller person, but it certainly feels better than the back. The headroom in the back is 36.5 inches and 35.1 inches of legroom in the backseat. The front seat has 42.3 inches of legroom, making this car ideal for someone around 5’7” and not taller than that.

For utmost safety, the Mazda 3 AWD comes fitted with the Mazda i-ACTIVSENSE® safety system, which helps with warning motorists about objects or people in their blind spots and other things like lane departure. The high beam control automatically controls the low and high beams on your Mazda as you drive at night. The technology can even apply minor steering corrections to keep you in your lane.

Mazda also utilizes driver attention alertness technology that can identify your fatigue or distraction from driving by monitoring your lane position and steering balance. The Mazda i-ACTIVSENSE is available in all Mazda3 AWD hatchback models. The i-ACTIVSENSE safety system has undergone all the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) crash tests like the roof strength test, head restraints test, passenger-side small overlap front test, and moderate overlap front tests and passed them.

Both the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback were subjected to the passenger-side small overlap front test, and they passed the safety test. Another test on the Mazda’s smart brake support that is standard in all Mazdas showed that Mazda vehicles can avoid collisions with other vehicles when traveling at speeds of between 12 mph and 25 mph.


Mazda3 Premium Package Hatchback

Driving a Mazda3 AWD puts the driver in control, yielding high comfort and smooth performance alongside providing intuitive safety features. Not only is the car safe, it’s sleek on the road, and when the all-wheel-drive kicks in, it takes the ride to a fun but manageable level. With sleek design and added modern features, the Mazda3 AWD stands out as a vehicle prepared for safety and ideal for driver comfort.

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