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2020 Mazda Mazda3: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - April 22, 2019
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Model Preview

The Mazda 3 went through an overhaul in 2019 that brought in some evolutionary changes, giving it an all-new look while retaining the basic proportions and style that have made it so popular. We expect the 2020 Mazda 3 to carry on mostly unchanged, save for some new engine tech.

The Mazda 3’s body went through an evolutionary redesign in 2019, bringing in a new look that included a more rounded back end on the hatchback, a longer hood, new headlights, smoother body lines, and all-new taillights. With this look still very fresh, we expect it to remain unchanged in the 2020 Mazda 3.

Inside, the redesigned Mazda 3 boasts a cleaner-looking cabin with minimal buttons and knobs in its center stack. This creates interruption-free horizontal lines that visually widen the cabin. The all-new Mazda 3 also features a more upscale appearance that pushes the luxury-car border in its upper trim levels. We expect this new look to remain unchanged in the 2020 Mazda 3.

Mazda is working on new engine efficiency tech called SKYACTIV-X, which may be ready in time for the 2020 Mazda 3. This technology combines spark ignition of an internal combustion engine with the compression combustion of a diesel engine to help it deliver the horsepower numbers and free-revving nature of a gasoline engine with the torque and efficiency of a diesel. Mazda claims its SKYACTIV-X engine will see up to a 30% gain in torque and a 20 to 30% gain in fuel economy compared to the current SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine.

2019 Mazda Mazda3

If the SKYACTIV-X plans come together the way Mazda plans, we could see the 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-X engine in the 2020 Mazda 3 with around 150 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. We could also see fuel economy well into the mid-40-mile-per-gallon range on the highway. We expect the existing 2.5-liter engine to remain a part of the lineup and unchanged at 186 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque.

The IIHS has not tested the new-generation Mazda 3, but the 2018 model was a Top Safety Pick, and we expect the same or better in the new model. The 2020 Mazda 3 comes standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control, giving it all the tech it needs to earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick rating. We expect this to remain the same in the 2020 Mazda 3.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no anticipated on-sale date for the 2020 Mazda 3, so stay tuned for updates.

With no huge changes coming other than a potential new base engine, we expect no big changes in pricing relative to the current model, which ranges from $21,920 to $29,820 (destination fees included).

The 2020 Mazda 3 will compete with the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Corolla.

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