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Matured 2019 Mazda 3 Sedan Is Bigger, Neater

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Revealed at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2019 Mazda 3 Sedan manages to reinvigorate the market of compact sedans by providing it with a simplistic three-box shape with an added spice of the Mazda second generation Kodo design.

The Mazda 3 hatch basically what the five-door hatchbacks were to its three-door coupe knockoffs back in the day when people actually wanted to drive them. The Mazda 3 Sedan is a sensible, rational, and family-centric vehicle. The Hatch is a bit more on the wild side. See, just like in the day of the three-door and five-door hatches.

Trying to seriously separate the five-door hatch from the sedan, Mazda employed some striking visual discrepancies between the two. Sure, your eye will always know that the Mazda 3 Sedan is a Mazda 3 hatch knockoff, but even looking at it from the front side (where the two differ the least), it’s easy to notice a wider front opening just above the lower lip. It is a clear differentiation. Ok, this added some heft to the front end as well. It looks wider and sporty. Obviously, with such a wide grille, lean lights, and long bonnet, Mazda did not have a lot of choice in making the front end of the 3 Sedan softer. So, while it isn’t soft, it is slightly different compared with what we can see on the 3 Hatchback.

Mazda seems to have found a narrow market niche just between the conventionality of basic models and exclusiveness of the premium ones. It has been there for years, and the interior of its cars shows this philosophy the best. The inside of the Mazda 3 Sedan features a nicely laid out hardware with a simplistic design, fine materials, subtle color theme, and the latest in terms of infotainment and technology.

However, as many times before, Mazda focused on improving the NVH levels by employing some impressive measures.

The new Mazda 3 Sedan flourishes with advanced technology. Some of the world firsts include the Skyactiv-X engine. It is a technology that mates the virtues of diesel engines and petrol engines taking the best of both and combining them to burn gasoline, cleaner, more efficiently, under far higher compression ratio than in any other gasoline ICE. In short, it will fire the mixture using compression rather than a spark from a spark plug when possible. This is called the Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI).

Another all-new thing for the Mazda3 Sedan is the availability of i-Activ AWD. No Mazda3 has even been offered with an AWD system. It’s an option with this generation, and it comes in the shape of the innovative hardware that works with G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus). Not only will it distribute the power heavenly and promptly between the front and the rear wheels, but it will reduce the overall mechanical loss by 60 percent, thus considerably improving fuel economy compared with other AWD systems.

All in all, the Mazda 3 Sedan seems to be as high-end as it gets. Especially considering all the safety tech on board, including a Driver Monitoring system, Smart Brake Support (SBS), Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA), Cruising & Traffic Support (CTS) system.

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