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Mazda 3

Base MSRP range

$21,000 – $28,900

All-wheel drive is now available. The interior is nicely furnished and features a new infotainment system that drivers interact exclusively through a rotary knob. Handling is still nimble but less sporty than in the previous 3. Mazda has improved the ride; it’s firm, but absorbs impacts well. The cabin is relatively quiet and nicely finished. For 2020, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard on all versions. There is an available driver monitoring system that watches the driver’s face and sounds an alert to warn of fatigue.

Overview

With comprehensive refinement and sophisticated driving manners, the Mazda 3 is one of the nicest compact cars in its class. Available as a hatchback or sedan, the Mazda is a richer-feeling alternative to rivals such as the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla. In our testing, its responsive four-cylinder engine proved frugal on the highway, and both body styles maintain Mazda’s commitment to driver engagement. While the 3 doesn’t offer a high-performance model, it’s always agile when the tarmac curves and comfy when the road gets rough. An excellent infotainment system and standard driver assists place the 2020 Mazda 3 among the best compacts out there.

Mazda also says that it has changed the wheel finish on the Premium trim level, although it hasn’t yet released photos of what the updated wheels look like. 2020 Mazda 3 sedan models go on sale this month, while 2020 hatchback models will be available starting in September.