The segment of compact cars that come in sedan or hatchback body styles did suffer a downtime in the recent years, since when crossover SUVs took over the market. But when there are some manufacturers like Mazda, one shouldn’t lose hope. With the 2020 year making its entrance, the segment of compact cars got a boost with the release of the latest editions of beautiful sedans and hatchbacks. The 2020 Mazda 3 series proves the point in every sense.
An auto critic whom we met at the San Luis Obispo Mazda dealership showroom pointed out that the 2020 edition of Mazda 3 has punched quite above the level of its segment bylaying out an upmarket interior, that is framed inside an equally attractive exterior to allure the riders while its nimble handling and option to go all-wheel drive tempt those for whom driving is an act of passion.
Looking at the Lineup
The 2020 Mazda 3 sedan models are queued as the base, Select, Preferred, and Premium trim levels, climbing up the price ladder, while the hatchback models skip the Select trim.
For this year 2020, Mazda makes the entire suite of collision-avoidance tech as standard on all trims which previously offered only on Select and still higher trims the last year.
Engine Power and Handling
Mazda has engaged a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine for the 2020 edition of 3 series that is rated at 186 horsepower, at the base after mating to a 6-speed automatic transmission on the lower trims and a manual one on the higher ones. It is an unexpectedly powerful engine used for a compact car ever, that heightens the driving pleasure for the ones who sit behind the wheels. The 2020 Mazda 3 models have made the buyers and riders happy with its consistent delivery of pleasure trips, while all who drove one will invariably appreciate its handling characteristics that are essentially linear, and almost intuitively predictable.
Though the 2020 Mazda 3 doesn’t boast about its fuel economy rating, it still returns a decent count of 30 mpg from a combined trip with both city and highway drives, according to the EPA.
The interior ambience of the 2020 Mazda 3 can compete with many of the entry-level premium luxury cars. As soon as you get inside the roomy cabin, a stylized, low-slung dashboard will catch your eyes, while seats neatly spread at the right angles and well-bolstered, will soon make you feel at home.
On the infotainment side there will be an 8.8-inch screen glowing bright at your eye level that functions in tune to the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This comes as a standard equipment. We encourage Mazda for ditching a touchscreen and replacing it with a center console-mounted knob to operate the menu system.
According to the critics we met at the Mazda dealer near San Luis Obispo, there are still not many models in the segment of small cars that could balance so well between frugality, practicality and performance verve like the 2020 Mazda 3. And that makes the 2020 edition of Mazda 3 series stand ahead of its rivals.