Eric's Autos: 2020 Mazda3
All-wheel drive is a feature many people want -- which accounts for the popularity of crossovers, which usually offer it and often come standard with it.
But for some reason, it's hard to find an entry-level compact sedan or hatchback that even offers it.
Well, it was.
Mazda now offers the extra grip -- and better handling -- of all-wheel drive with the new Mazda3, which gives it a leg up over rivals like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Kia Forte -- which don't offer it at all.
On the downside, there are some things the Mazda doesn't offer, like an optional engine or the option to choose a manual transmission, if you choose the sedan -- options that several of its rivals do offer.
As always, you pay your money, and you take your choices.
What It Is
The 3 is Mazda's entry-level compact-sized sedan/hatchback sedan.
It differs from all of the above in being one of just two models in this price range that's available with all-wheel drive.
The other one being the Subaru Impreza.