Mazda3: 4-Door vs. Hatchback

The Mazda3 is one of the most popular and highly regarded compact cars in the market and really at every Portland Mazda dealership. A huge reason for this is Mazda is constantly striving for excellence and improvement on what they’ve already created.
The Mazda3 models introduce enhancements and upgrades most every year, and the 2018 Mazda3 is no different, with style augmentation, handling improvements, and a whole host of new safety, technology, convenience, and service features.

Kodo: Soul in Motion

The Mazda design philosophy – “Kodo: Soul of Motion”– is to not treat the car as a mass of metal, but as a living creature, and to breathe life into it. As Mazda explained, “The power and elegance of a wild animal in the instant when it pounces on its prey. That's the essence of the ultimate Motion Form envisioned by Mazda . . . Cars which evoke the tension that presages movement, imbued with the warmth of a creature with a beating heart and blood in its veins. That's the inspiration behind the “Soul of Motion” design.”

This philosophy defines Mazda and each phase of the design process from concept to realization to improvement.

4-Door and 5-Door Style

The Mazda3 offers excellent versatility with its body style and is available in both a sedan (4-door) as well as hatchback (5-door) version. As with a lot of other vehicles, Mazda uses the 4 and 5-door naming conventions to distinguish between the two styles. 

The 4-door essentially refers to the four doors on the sedan, plus trunk cargo area, while the 5-door version includes the hatchback lid as the fifth door as the hatchback gives you direct access to the cabin, unlike a traditional trunk.

The sedan and hatchback trim levels, color options, engine, interior options, and features are exactly the same. Even the fuel economy is roughly the same. The major difference lies in the cargo volume offered by the hatchback’s design. That’s what influences the body design and ultimately, which model Mazda owners choose.


The Mazda3, in both the sedan and hatchback styles, comes in three trim levels. These are the Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trims. At the base trim level, the Sport, the Mazda3 gives a strong 155 horsepower from a 2-liter I-4 engine with 150 lb.-ft of torque. This horsepower is powered up to 184hp with a 2.5-liter I-4 engine in the Touring and Grand Touring trims.

There is a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission in both as well. Both models feature Mazda SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control. This gives the vehicle superb agility to make it ultra-responsive on every curve.

Fuel Economy

It is with fuel economy that the superior abilities of Mazda shine through. With an impressive and powerful engine, Mazda3 also manages to deliver excellent fuel economy, thereby keeping the customer’s needs in mind without any compromise. 

The Sport averages an EPA-estimated 38 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg in the city, while the Touring and Grand Touring show 35 highway mpg.

The first point of differentiation between the sedan and hatchback comes in here, as the hatchback offers a marginally lower fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.


Both the configurations of the Mazda3 passed the stringent and exhaustive National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests with flying colors, earning a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating. The styles are both fitted with all standard safety features, such as available parking assist and lane departure warning. They also come with a standard keyless access system.

However, the Mazda3 sedan goes one up on the hatchback version with advanced driver-assistance features such as Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), which aren’t available on the entry-level hatchback versions.


The Mazda3, in both the sedan and hatchback version, holds little back when it comes to fitting out its models with tech, even at the standard level. This includes a 7-inch full-color touchscreen display system that has a 6-speaker sound system, Bluetooth hands-free phone, audio streaming and the MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System. The Mazda3 sedan, however, reserves a few standard features, which includes electrochromic mirrors.

There is also the option to add on certain features, including a moonroof, leather upholstery, a Bose sound system, satellite radio and more when you test drive and buy your Mazda3 from a Portland Mazda dealership like Royal Moore Mazda.


The single biggest differentiating point between the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback configurations is interior space provided by each, which is simply down to the functionality of each body style. 

In terms of passenger comfort, both are remarkably similar, with the Mazda3 sedan providing 96.3 cubic-feet of total passenger space and the Mazda3 hatchback providing 96.4 cubic-feet of total passenger space.

When it comes to cargo space, however, the Mazda3 sedan provides 12.4 cubic-feet in its trunk area, and the Mazda3 hatchback provides 20.2 cubic-feet, all down to its hatchback style. When you fold down the rear seats in the  Mazda3 hatchback, this increases to a whopping 47.1 cubic-feet. 

This is obviously not possible in the Mazda3 sedan.

Truly, what it comes down to is personal, practical, and stylistic preferences. One person may find the hatchbacks more suited for day-to-day conveniences, and perhaps more stylish, while another might consider the sedans to be ‘cooler’. The key here is to understand what you’re looking for  from your new car purchase. While it’s not an easy decision, we can make the process simpler through a personal consultation when you come to test drive each model at Royal Moore Mazda, your local Portland Mazda dealership.

Whichever choose, the sedan or hatchback, with the superb styling, best-in-class handling, incredible mileage, and excellent features, you’re sure to have a winner on your hands.

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