Review: 2019 Mazda3 Sport GT AWD – Part 5

I’ve come to the end of my review of the 2019 Mazda3 Sport GT AWD and this is a car that was difficult to give back to Mazda Canada. That was due to the fact that for yours truly, this is the perfect car for me. Here’s why:

  • The fact that it is a hatchback gives me a lot of versatility.
  • Because it has AWD it allows me to feel more secure in inclement weather or winter.
  • It sips gas as I registered an outstanding 8.4L / 100 KM which I got in a mix of city roads and highways, not to mention a lot of rush hour traffic. That’s pretty good given that there’s all wheel drive on board which usually impacts fuel economy. Not to mention that I wasn’t exactly driving in a fuel efficient manner. Clearly Mazda has got that part nailed.
  • The Interior is top shelf in every way.
  • The exterior is a head turner.
  • The tech on board is impressive.
  • Finally, because it is a car, it handles exceptionally well.

Thus don’t be surprised if I post something saying that I am now the proud owner of one.

Here’s the bottom line. Mazda clearly put a lot of time and effort to come up with a compact car that will rise up the sales charts. But if you must cross shop it, the only direct competitor that I could come up with was Subaru Impreza as is the only compact car that I can think of that comes with all wheel drive. But the Impreza doesn’t match the interior of the Mazda3 Sport, nor does it match the engine and transmission combo. And when it comes to the usual suspects in the compact car space like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, and the like, it’s simply heads and shoulders above those vehicles and everything else in the segment.

The Mazda3 Sport GT AWD goes for $33,295 including freight and taxes. But you can get a Mazda3 Sport for $27,200 to start. Quite frankly, Mazda has a winner on its hands here. If you’re in the market for a compact car, you should consider Mazda3 Sport a must test drive.

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