Mazda's design language is known as "Kodo: Soul of Motion." It's a nice piece of marketing jargon, which loosely translates to swoopy minimalism. But in all seriousness, Mazda's designers keep on giving other manufacturers a proper hiding when it comes to design. Take the Honda Civic sedan as an example. A lot is going on there, and for what reason? In sweeps Mazda with a minimalist exterior, simply using basic curves in all the right places to make even the base model look good.
All trims get automatic LED headlights, DRLs, and combination taillights, but from the Premium onward, these become signature-styled items. The lower-end models have a matte-finish grille which becomes gloss black from the Preferred onwards along with gloss black lower bumper garnish and a power-sliding moonroof. Premium models onwards gain a sharkfin antenna, and the 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus gets a black lip spoiler on the trunk lid. Wheels measure 16 inches on the 2.0 and 2.5S while everything else gets 18-inch alloys. Some trims get model-specific finishes to these, like black on the turbo models and a polished look on the Premium.
The Mazda 3 sedan shares most of its dimensions with the hatch with one key difference. At 183.5 inches long, it's 7.9 inches longer. The wheelbase is 107.3 inches, and it measures 70.7 inches in width. At 56.9 inches high, it stands a little shorter than most non-performance sedans. Mazda's new entry-level 2.0 Sedan with FWD is the lightest of the bunch, with a curb weight of just 2,984 lbs, but as you add equipment, the turbocharged engine, and all-wheel drive, the weight reaches a maximum of 3,379 lbs.
|Mazda 3 Sedan Trims||2.0||2.5 S||Select||Preferred||Carbon Edition||Premium||2.5 Turbo||2.5 Turbo Premium Plus|
|Max Width||70.7 in.||70.7 in.||70.7 in.||70.7 in.||70.7 in.||70.7 in.||70.7 in.||70.7 in.|
|Length||183.5 in.||183.5 in.||183.5 in.||183.5 in.||183.5 in.||183.5 in.||183.5 in.||183.5 in.|
|Height||56.9 in.||56.9 in.||56.9 in.||56.9 in.||56.9 in.||56.9 in.||56.9 in.||56.9 in.|
|Wheelbase||107.3 in.||107.3 in.||107.3 in.||107.3 in.||107.3 in.||107.3 in.||107.3 in.||107.3 in.|
|Mazda 3 Sedan Trims||Curb Weight|
|2.5 S||3,100 lbs.|
|Preferred||3,100 - 3,268 lbs.|
|Carbon Edition||3,100 lbs.|
|Premium||3,100 - 3,268 lbs.|
|2.5 Turbo||3,379 lbs.|
|2.5 Turbo Premium Plus||3,379 lbs.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||16" x 6.5"|
|Rear Wheel Size||16" x 6.5"|
Mazda's color palette is just as minimalist as its exterior styling. There are only six colors to choose from, but all of them work beautifully with the design. Only Jet Black Mica and Sonic Silver Metallic are available on the base model, and both are at no charge. Deep Crystal Blue Mica is also a no-cost option, but only available on the 2.5 S, Select, Preferred, and Premium models. Snowflake White Pearl Mica is a $395 option and available on all models except the base 2.0 while Machine Gray Metallic costs $495 and is only available to the Select trim and above. The same goes for Mazda's famous Soul Red Crystal Metallic, which costs $595. The Select is the only variant to have access to the full palette, with upper trims getting pared-back palettes. Mazda could've made it simple and just sold every car in Soul Red though - it's stunning to look at, but the various grays also do a stellar job of accentuating the design language.