- the mazda 3 gets some new standard equipment for 2020, with all trims now coming standard with mazda's i-activsense driver-assist features.
- it's still available in sedan and hatchback forms with a single engine choice, a 2.5-liter inline-four paired with either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.
- the starting price rises $500 to $22,420 for the base 3 sedan, while the hatchback's starting price rises $100 to $24,620.
update 8/28/19: mazda says that this pricing information has not yet been finalized. we will update this story with more information as it becomes available.
the fourth-generation mazda 3 is getting some small changes for its second year on the market. for 2020, mazda is adding its i-activsense driver-assist features to all sedan models; these features were previously standard on the sedan's higher trim levels and all hatchback models. the base 2020 mazda 3 sedan now includes blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking; this brings it in line with rivals such as the honda civic and toyota corolla, which also include active-safety features as standard across the board.
prices rise accordingly, with the base 3 sedan going up $500 to a starting price of $22,420. the one-step-up 3 sedan in its select trim level goes up $100 and now starts at $23,620, while the base hatchback goes up $100 to $24,620. all other trim levels hold the line on pricing compared with 2019, and all-wheel drive remains a $1400 option on all but the base sedan trim. the sole engine remains a 2.5-liter inline-four mated with either front- or all-wheel drive and either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission (offered only on the 3 hatchback in premium trim). there's still no word on when the anticipated skyactiv-x compression-ignition-capable engine will arrive in the u.s.
mazda also says that it has changed the wheel finish on the premium trim level, although it hasn't yet released photos of what the updated wheels look like. 2020 mazda 3 sedan models go on sale this month, while 2020 hatchback models will be available starting in september.