2019 Mazda3 transmission options and availability

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda3 on Friday, August 2nd, 2019 at 8:00 am
2019 Mazda3 Hatchback red side view with woman in foreground

Does the 2019 Mazda3 have a manual transmission?

We’ve covered this before, but let’s get to the heart of the matter right away. Does the 2019 Mazda3 have a manual transmission? Yes, it does, but it is not available on every trim level, and unlike many contemporaries, it does not come on the base model either. Allow us to tell you all about this unique compact and its manual transmission option.

2019 Mazda3 center consoleWhy are manual transmissions always on the entry-level trims?

When you hear that a compact car, like the Mazda3, has an available manual transmission, that option is unfortunately always stuffed all the way at the bottom of the lineup, and it is usually designed to give the car an unrealistic base price.

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Why is that unrealistic? A manual transmission is typically cheaper to manufacture than an automatic. This is why the price is lower. A manual transmission also appeals to gear-heads and people who desire a deeper connection with the road. These people are unlikely to be interested in the base model of a car. This means the car with no features AND a manual transmission likely appeals to almost no one. That’s also why Mazda does things differently.

2019 Mazda3 Hatchback shift leverWhat 2019 Mazda3 gets the manual transmission?

If you love manual transmissions, and you also don’t want to miss out on the best features, then you are in luck when it comes to the 2019 Mazda3. Mazda has reserved the manual transmission for the very best that the 2019 Mazda3 lineup has to offer, and that means the Mazda3 Hatchback with the Premium Package.

It’s a 6-speed manual transmission, and you are guaranteed to have fun popping in the clutch and flying through the gears. Interestingly, this trim still has the option for an automatic transmission so you can still get the top hatchback trim even if you don’t want to shift manually.


2019 Mazda3 color options


What is the standard transmission for the 2019 Mazda3?

All other trims of the 2019 Mazda3 including both sedan and hatchback options all come with the same 6-speed automatic transmission. This is a traditional automatic, though it does have a manual shifting option. With it, you can still try your hand running through the gears.

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