The Mazda3 was released with three versions in the Philippines, the top-of-the-line Mazda3 Speed, which features a red leather interior and Brilliant Black body kits, among other new features. Next is the Mazda3 Premium that boasts a 12-speaker Bose sound system. The lowest trim level of the Mazda3 is the Elite. It still retains the infotainment of the other variants but loses out on other features.
The Mazda3 Speed variant and the Premium both receive Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Cruise and Traffic Support. The Elite version, on the other hand, gets standard cruise control.
The Mazda3 twins, Sedan and Sportback, both have the same length and width. Despite the difference in design. Both can be had with either a 1.5 liter or a 2.0-liter engine. Both also have G-Vectoring Control Plus across all trim levels and variants. The engine choices are the familiar 1.5 produces 109 hp and 146 Nm of torque and the 2.0, on the other hand, produces 152 hp and 200 nm of torque. These familiar engines have minor tweaks though. Its a minor loss in power but what it loses in hp it gains back in torque.
For wheels and exterior, the Premium and Speed variants ride on 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels while the elite has 16-inch aluminum alloys. The wheel colors for the Speed and Premium come in gunmetal while the Elite variant comes in gray metallic – a minor difference as the wheel designs are roughly the same.
The Premium and Speed variants get LED adaptive front-lighting system headlights while the Elite variant gets LED headlights.
Seating materials for the Mazda3 comes with leather for the Premium and red leather for the Speed. The Elite Sportback, on the other hand, gets leatherette seats and the base model Elite Sedan gets fabric seats. The Mazda3 also features 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory function for the top tier variants. The Elite variant gets an 8-way manual adjustment. A 6-way manual adjust is present in all variants across the board for the front passenger seat.
For vehicle controls and entertainment, the Mazda3 comes with Mazda Connect. It’s an 8.8-inch LCD monitor that features USB and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity. It also comes with a heads up display and a 7-inch LCD display for the instrument display. Sadly, Apple Carplay and Android Auto don’t come standard with the all-new compacts.
Not to be left out, the rear passengers also get some air with rear ventilated louvers which are situated in the back of the center compartment. All rearview mirrors have auto-dimming but only the top variants get the frameless design.
For safety and security, the Mazda3 comes with a camera front and rear for the Speed and Premium variants for a 360-degree view, supported by parking sensors front and back. The Elite variant gets a rearview camera to assist in parking along with rear parking sensors. The Premium Sedan also gets cross-traffic alert and driver monitoring. The Mazda3 Sportback Speed, on the other hand, does not get cross-traffic alert but gains Driver Attention Alert instead.