The Mazda 3 series have already secured its place quite high in the segment of luxury sedans that has a blessed performance rating. For the year 2019 Mazda has installed in it a high capacity, fuel-saving, high-compression engine, that brings more thrill to every ride you take with it. People who love to drive without making the rear seat passengers get the feeling of the external driving challenges will find this sedan to be perfectly in tune with their inner wishes. Some who are fond of off-road driving and haven’t experienced a drive with the 2019 Mazda 3 are curious to know, if it will make a good choice for the kind.
To know for sure, if the 2019 Mazda 3 is the right vehicle for your driving preferences, drop into any Mazda dealership near you, like we did at the Mazda Phoenix, and drove the new Mazda 3 through as many off-road variants we could find, and here is what we have experienced with this newly designed luxury sedan from Mazda this year.
The SkyActiv Engine
The new Mazda 3 Sedan got its unique personality from the advanced engine technology coming straight from the Mazda factory, with a name as impressive as the SkyActiv that is gifted with the virtues of both diesel engines and petrol engines making it capable of burning the gasoline better with a cleaner, and much more efficient compression ratio than what is found in any other gasoline ICE. Precisely, this engine is crafted in a way so that it can fire the mixture of gas and other components with the use of compression from a spark plug at the time when it needs it the most. This system is named by Mazda as the Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI).
At the basic trim level, the 2019 Mazda 3 Sedan is announced to be powered with a 2.0-liter and a 1.8-liter SkyActiv-D engine. As for the transmission, the available engine options will be paired with the six-speed manual, though the automatic version will be offered as an option as well.
To make the 2019 Mazda 3 a capable off-roader, Mazda has also added an option of i-Activ AWD configuration with a G-Vectoring Control Plus system to optimize the performance. With this powertrain configuration not only the Mazda 3 will be able to distribute the power evenly and promptly to the front and the rear wheels, but simultaneously it will also be able to reduce the overall mechanical loss of the vehicle almost by 60 percent, consequently improving the fuel economy rates to a large extent in comparison to other AWD systems. The latest 2019 Mazda 3 drops the multilink suspension at the rear setup replacing it with a newly installed torsion beam.
The Bottom Line
Consumers at the Phoenix Mazda dealership were all praise with this new compact sedan from Mazda that appeared to them as one of the most sensible and rational vehicles that value the virtues of a big boot that is necessary for an off-road performer like this.