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Build Quality of 2020 Mazda 3

The 2020 Mazda 3 is a formidable sedan from the Mazda lineup that boasts of a unique combination of style, luxury, and power. performance, technology, safety and mileage. Added to this, this is one of the most coveted vehicles among the lot for its awesome build quality and suave design tones. For those desirous of absolute driving control, you have the availability of the i-ACTIV AWD system. The interiors are crafted for luxury and replete with some amazing safety and convenience features that gave it the edge when being selected for the IIHS top safety pick in the previous year.  We decided to explore further to gain some detailed insights and chose Mazda Henderson to learn more on the build quality of the 2020 Mazda 3.

Beauty Through Minimalism on the Exterior

Mazda follows the Japanese ideology of ‘Less is more’ or simply beauty through minimalism which is utilized smartly to sculpt the exterior enhancing the build quality using subtle design tones. Of course, there is an element of aggressiveness in the front fascia with the well-defined grille and bold sculpting, but the sleek incorporation of the headlights gives away the absolute attention paid to detail. The body shape is again crafted in a way that play with the surrounding the light and reflections to enhance its looks gracefully and add to the build quality. For those keen about the ornamental aspects, the Mazda 3 features Auto on/off LED headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights, Rain-sensing variable-intermittent windshield wipers and Body-colored, folding power side mirrors. On the rear you will find LED combination taillights to complete the package. You get better wheels and accents as you add one of the upgrade packages such as the Select, Preferred or Premium. The Premium adds a Power sliding-glass moonroof with one-touch-open feature and interior sunshade.

Smartly Crafted Interiors

The build quality on the interior of the 2020 Mazda 3 comprises of a blend of exquisite materials that add to luxury and crafted styling to play with your senses. This is well complemented by the insulated and extremely quiet interiors. All the controls are thoughtfully laid out and easy to access which shows how the design teams have gone the extra mile to pay attention to every minute detail. The cabin is also extremely spacious with a serious head room of 37 plus inches both in front and rear. The material on the 5 passenger seating ranges from cloth trims on the base trim to leatherette on the Select and Preferred and Leather trims on the Premium. The center of the infotainment system is a 8.8-inch large center display with all the works that’s interfaced to a multifunction commander control.

Performance Oriented Engines & Powertrain

The 2020 Mazda 3 comes with Aluminum Alloy engine and cylinder blocks that add to the overall build quality. To go with these, you have 4-wheel disc brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist and an independent McPherson strut front suspension. At Henderson Mazda we learnt that the heart of the system is the 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder engine with SKYACTIV-G technology for better fuel economy. 


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As a mechanical engineer turned blogger, Charlie provides readers with a technical, yet accessible look into the world of automotive engineering and design. His insightful posts make complex car technologies understandable.