Vehicle Spotlight: Reviewing the All-New 2020 Mazda3

 

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Cars across the industry are becoming more and more like each other, but when you’re looking for a new vehicle you want something that stands out.

 

Enter the 2020 Mazda3.

 

You know the brand’s name after years in the vehicle space, but Mazda has reached deep into its goodie bag and pulled out all the stops for the 2020 model. Ranked No. 2 based on its score in the compact car category, the 2020 Mazda3 is an 8.5 out of 10 and second in compact cars, hatchbacks, and small cars. 

 

But why has Mazda received this type of rating and what separates it from the rest of the pack? Let Walker’s Renton Mazda show you all these features in person and you’ll see it all for yourself. 

 

You’ve come here because you’re interested in getting your hands on the steering wheel of a Mazda3. Knowing more about the vehicle will help you make the challenging decision to decide is the Mazda3 a good car. 

 

Building the Mazda Brand

Even if you know the company’s name, the name “Mazda” was first introduced in Japan back in October 1931.

 

The development of powerhouse businesses has interesting stories. For Mazda, the company started its journey as a cork manufacturer in 1920. It took 11 years in 1931 when Mazda, named the Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd., launched its “Mazda-go”.

 

The company started with a tricycle truck and hasn’t looked back since. Choosing the name of the tricycle was the doing of the second president of the company, Jujiro Matsuda. Without Matsuda, Mazda wouldn’t be the company it is today. He was also a founder of Toyo Kogyo.

 

The name “Mazda” comes from Ahura Mazda, the god of harmony, intelligence, and wisdom. The name connects to the earliest civilization in West Asia.

 

Members of Toyo Kogyo held the term Mazda as a higher symbol. The name marks the beginning of the East and the West civilization. Looking further into the name, the name can be used as a symbol of Mazdas come up through the automotive civilization and culture.

 

Matsuda wanted to make a contribution to bring world peace and although the company might not have achieved that, it is a shining light in the automotive industry. Down the road, the company changed its name to the Mazda Motor Corporation.

 

This happened years after Matsuda. Using “Mazda” was an homage to pay respect to an important founder of the company.

 

Fast-forward decades into the future and you’ve had a few versions of Mazda’s along the way. What makes the Mazda3 a great addition to the family and tradition of the company?

 

Let’s find out.

 

Related: Mazda Logo: A Symbol with a History

 

Choose a 2020 Mazda3

You have options when it comes to the Mazda3 and with these options come different price points.

 

With a base price of $22,420, the Mazda3 is available in a hatchback or sedan-style compact vehicle that is ever so tempting for someone looking to get in a new car. Separation from the competition happens right away thanks to Mazda’s district appearance and stick-shift availability.

 

If you’re looking for more in the vehicle, there are other packages at various price ranges. Select at $23,620, Preferred at $25,120 and Premium at $27,420.

 

As you increase in price, the car comes with more features including a Bose audio system, heated front seats, power-adjustable driver’s seat, SiriusXM radio and dozens of other handy additions.

 

The Mazda 3 models feel like a richer alternative to a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla. Where the Mazda lacks, some competitors make up for, but the vehicle is well-designed.

 

The choice is in the hands of the purchaser.

Under the Hood

 

What drives the car can make or break interest in a vehicle. The 2020 Mazda3 packs a four-cylinder engine with 186 horsepower under the hood.

 

A six-speed manual transmission is offered with the hatchback, but all-wheel drive is only included with an automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard with both vehicle types.

 

Mazda actually has intentions to improve their engine specs down the road. The company’s new Skyactiv-X four-cylinder engine is nearing a release date. This engine will feature compression-ignition technology that will save drivers fuel.

 

There have been some complaints about the Mazda3’s driving experience. Some testers have said that this version felt defanged thanks to the powertrain and changes in the suspension, unlike previous models. There is no high-performance model in this line of Mazdas, but this doesn’t mean it lacks the agility around tight curves.

 

On the plus side, the vehicle is rather quiet known for its quiet cabin even with the horsepower it has. This is important for individuals who aren’t looking to alert other vehicles when speeding up on an on-ramp or driving through quieter neighborhoods.

 

It all depends on the driver. If you’re looking for some oomph, 186 horsepower doesn’t feel as aggressive as it did in the past. This might be due to the advancements in the interior, but the parts of the vehicle hold up.

 

For now, the Mazda’s engine packs enough punch on paper in a compact vehicle.

 

Inside and Storage

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Mazda didn’t skimp on the interior of the vehicle, which may come as a shock to previous model owners.

 

A revamped head-up display, heated front seats, and leather upholstery are all reserved for the more expensive models, but the standard sedan and hatchback still have adequate seating features and comfortability.

 

The interior of the Mazda3 looks almost European sedan inspired with simple and well-executed lines throughout the cabin. Reviews have even mentioned more of an Audi vibe for this version.

 

Although their interior design is nice, the vehicle does have some tight passenger space, but there’s another major downside. The Mazda3 hatchback has one of the worst blind spot and rear visibility among hatchbacks in the market.

 

Designers preferred to go with a curvaceous interior instead of worrying about sightlines. This causes some problems.

 

Considering that issue with the hatchback, the sedan doesn’t have the same ailments.

 

Interior storage is much more spacious than the hatchback, holding an extra carry-on bag in the trunk in comparison to the hatchback in tests. Both vehicles accommodated the same space with the seats folded down fitting 16 bags.

 

Technological Advancements

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It’s 2020, so if your vehicle doesn’t have all the infotainment and connectivity advancements that most cars do this year, it’s lagging behind.

 

The 2020 Mazda3 has an 8-inch infotainment display that is standard across all editions and looks even larger than listed. The system is easy to use, but technology such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are only available in the pricer models.

 

Luckily backup cameras come with the vehicle. This necessary to resolve worries about the C-shaped pillars that obstruct your view when parallel parking or backing into a spot, The 12-speaker Bose audio system as listed above is only found with the top two priced models and includes SiriusXM.

 

Related: Mazda Active Driving Display: How to Use

 

Safety First

You can exhale and drive with confidence when it comes to the safety features of the Mazda3.

 

The vehicle received a five-star crash rear rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and was also named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

 

Unlike the technological advancements listed before, each model includes driver-assistance technology including automated emergency braking and auto high-beam headlights all falling under the i-Activsense suite. This is new to base-priced Mazda as the previous models were not equipped with any of the safety features the more expensive Mazda had.

 

Cruise control, stop-and-go technology, lane-departure warnings, and blind-spot/rear cross-traffic alerts are also included in the vehicle’s safety features.

New Vehicle Warranty

A major selling point when it comes to new vehicles is the warranty. Mazda covers both editions with a conventional warranty. This doesn’t stack up to Kia or Hyundai’s 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain coverage, but most don’t.

 

For Mazda 3 drivers, the limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles and the powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles. There is no complimentary scheduled maintenance. In fact, Toyota is the only competition to offer this service.

 

Know Before You Buy

Every vehicle is a matter of preference. 

 

If it’s cargo space you need, the sedan will do the trick. If you’re looking for a sleeker body type that will inevitability grow on you, choose the hatchback.

 

Being away from the issues with all versions of the 2020 Mazda3 is important before making a decision. Keep in mind everything can be upgraded from the base package and you’ll find what you’re looking for in one of the more expensive models.

 

Finding Your Mazda in Seattle

 

You’ve made it this far, and now you want to buy a new 2020 Mazda3.

 

If you’re in the Seattle area, there’s no better option than Walker’s Renton Mazda. We have new and used Mazdas and SUVs in our lot and will be sure to create the perfect match between you and your future vehicle.

 

We are located in Renton, Wash. and have been offering the Greater Seattle Area our services for years. Our sales professionals are focused on providing the best buying experience.

 

Before coming in, check out our online database to see which vehicles you are interested in and their availability. If you don’t see the vehicle you like, email or call us and we will let you know when the vehicle comes to our lot.

 

Get your car shopping done right the first time. Trust Walker’s Renton Mazda.

 
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