This International Auto Show took place between Friday, April 19, and Sunday, April 28, 2019.
Best Small Car: Mazda 3 N7,560,000m
The new Mazda 3 was built on all-new architecture, one that Mazda hopes will create an even tighter bond between machine and driver, or, in Japanese, Jinba ittai.
As with the previous generation, the Mazda 3 is available as either a five-door hatchback, or a four-door sedan. The sedan is the cheaper one, starting at $21,000. It was driven on the mean streets of Los Angeles and the wonderful Angeles Crest Highway. Keen drivers will want the hatch which starts at $23,600. That one can be optioned with a manual transmission, although only in conjunction with front-wheel drive.
But the best bit is the Mazda 3’s interior. If, like me, you have capital O opinions about typefaces and touch points, the 3’s cabin is a joy, particularly at this price point. In fact, it’s far nicer than anything I’ve sat in recently from any of Mazda’s Japanese rivals’ luxury brands. The redesigned seats are comfortable, the steering wheel is one of the few you’ll find that’s suitably thin, and Mazda even rejected the idea of a touchscreen-based infotainment system.