Is the Mazda3 Front-Wheel Drive?

August 31st, 2019 by

2019 mazda3 sedan silver waiting on street

Have you been wondering, “Does the Mazda3 have front-wheel drive?” Both the 2019 Mazda3 Sedan and the Mazda3 Hatchback come standard with front-wheel drive. While all-wheel drive is optional on some Mazda models, front-wheel drive has a lot of benefits thanks to the cutting edge SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY. Below, we’ll parse out all the FWD benefits and SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY perks.


SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY feels like the future of powertrain ingenuity in cars but already exists today in Mazda vehicles. With SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control, your Mazda3 can adjust power to the wheels that need it most, keeping you and your passengers steady with a more controlled shift of the vehicle’s weight. The SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission inside of the Mazda3 trim levels, including the Mazda3 Preferred and Premium Packages, aids Tampa drivers with a smoother and quicker acceleration. At the end of the day, SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY enhances the Mazda3 Sedan’s performance and fuel efficiency.

What is Front-Wheel Drive?

In short, FWD cars have a transmission that sends power to the front wheels. How does front-wheel drive change the driving experience? It helps you gain better traction on slick roads. Many FWD vehicles also receive better fuel economy and release less carbon dioxide. With that said, the rear wheels obviously do not receive power in a FWD automobile.

How to Rotate Tires: Front-Wheel Drive

For those wondering how to rotate FWD tires, the tire rotation pattern is a little different from rotating rear-wheel drive vehicles. If you have a FWD Mazda3, you’re welcome to have the experts in the Cox Mazda service center rotate your tires for you. If you’d like to do this yourself, follow the tips below:

  1. Move the front tires to the back, keeping them on the same side.
  2. Move the back tires to the front, but move the left back tire to the front right side and the right back tire to the front left.

Crossing the tires this way helps even the wear and promotes longer-lasting tires. If you rotate them differently, the tires may wear faster in different spots, leaving you to replace them sooner. For more tire tips, check out our maintenance blogs, like the following: “How to Change a Flat Tire” and “What is the Recommended Tire Pressure for a Mazda?” Also be sure to read up on Mazda3 tire size.

Test Drive the Mazda3 at Cox Mazda

Did we answer all of your “Is the Mazda3 front-wheel drive?” questions? If not, you’re welcome to reach out and ask us to clarify anything you’re confused about. You can also stop by Cox Mazda in Bradenton to experience front-wheel drive and SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY with a Mazda3 test drive. We’ve got a great selection of new Mazda3 Sedans for sale with fantastic lease offers, along with many pristine certified pre-owned Mazda3 vehicles.

Want to see how the Mazda3 stacks up against the competition? Compare the Mazda3 vs. Honda Civic, and learn how to drive efficiently with our team!