2020 Mazda3 gets standard active safety gear with minimal price increase

In fact, only the less premium models get the price bump.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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2020 Mazda 3 hatchback

Still sharp, hardly more expensive.


Shoppers perusing a Mazda dealership will find largely the same compact car from last year when glancing at the 2020 Mazda3. The compact 3 still comes as either a svelte sedan or hatchback, but every trim has a load of standard active safety equipment now.

The Japanese automaker said on Tuesday its i-Activsense suite of active safety gear is now standard on even the base model Mazda3. The added peace of mind pushes the starting price just $500 to a total of $22,420 (including a $920 destination charge), but there are a few other niceties included to back up the added cost.

For instance, base model sedans now include automatic headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Coupled with standard automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and a driver attention alert to keep drowsy drivers focused, and more from the i-Activsense, there's a lot of value packed in.

The next step up, the Select trim exclusive to the Mazda3 sedan, sees a small $100 price increase. At $23,620, It's the gateway to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and all-wheel drive (a $1,400 option), which may be worth the extra cost. Other features include leatherette upholstery, keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector and 18-inch wheels.

For the base Mazda3 hatchback, the price climbs just $100 to $24,620.

Good news for shoppers looking for even more from the compact hatchback or sedan: The Preferred and Premium trims don't cost any more this year. A 2020 Mazda3 sedan in the Preferred or Premium trims will set you back $25,120 and $27,420, respectively. Opt for the hatchback and the price climbs to $26,120 for a Preferred trim and $28,420 for a Premium model. Load up the most expensive Mazda3 variant and you'll be looking at a Mazda3 hatchback Premium with AWD that rings in at $29,820 before any other options.

Each variant still comes with a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that makes 186 horsepower an identical amount of torque.

Do note, there's still a manual transmission floating around, too. Buyers will need to select the Mazda3 hatchback Premium trim to get the six-speed manual. It's a no-cost option, too.

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