Opting for the hatchback on the base trim adds an additional level of equipment, with 18-inch wheels instead of 16-inch ones, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual automatic climate control, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. It also gets more safety equipment including blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, radar cruise control, automatic high-beams, automatic wipers and lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist. That all adds up to a $2,600 price increase over a base sedan. These features are available on the sedan for an extra $1,600 in the form of the Select package. For all other trims, opting for the hatchback adds $1,000. Higher trim levels add features such as better sound systems, real leather, a sunroof, heads-up display and power heated seats.
In addition to pricing, Mazda revealed drivetrain options for the Mazda3, and they're not great for fans of manual transmissions. The Mazda3 hatchback with front-wheel drive and Premium trim is the only manual offering, and it starts at $28,395. On the upside, at least Mazda isn't relegating manual transmissions to the stripped out versions, but on the downside, there isn't a cheap manual option for those on a budget. And of course, if you want the sedan or all-wheel drive, the six-speed automatic is your only choice. Mazda has told us that it could match a manual with all-wheel drive, but clearly it doesn't see a market for that in the U.S. But like with the addition of the turbocharged Mazda6 and CX-5, if there's demand, such a combination could become available, but keep in mind the odds will still be slim.
You can see the full breakdown of trims and prices below. The 2019 Mazda3 will be available in March.
|Base, FWD, Auto||$21,895||$24,495|
|Base Select, FWD, Auto||$23,495||N/A|
|Preferred, FWD, Auto||$25,095||$26,095|
|Premium, FWD, Manual||N/A||$28,395|
|Premium, FWD, Auto||$27,395||$28,395|
|Base, AWD, Auto||N/A||$25,895|
|Base Select, AWD, Auto||$24,895||N/A|
|Preferred, AWD, Auto||$26,495||$27,495|
|Premium, AWD, Auto||$29,795||$28,795|