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Is the Mazda3 Front-Wheel Drive?

It is! The 2019 Mazda3 sedan and hatchback both come standard with front-wheel drive. While all-wheel drive is an option on some select models, you won’t need it because of the new innovative SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY in these models. Learn more about this advanced technology and more, then schedule a test drive at Beach Mazda near Wilmington.


SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY is used to enhance a Mazda model’s performance and fuel efficiency. The SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission helps assist with a smoother and quicker acceleration with more precision, and the SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control enables your Mazda to adjust power to the wheels that need a better grip. This means more control on Charleston roads.

What is Front Wheel Drive?

Front wheel drive is when the transmission of the vehicle sends the power to the front wheels. This gives drivers better traction on slick roads. In addition to better traction, FWD vehicles tend to receive better fuel economy as well as emit less carbon dioxide. This also means that the rear wheels don’t get power on their own.

How to Rotate Tires: Front-Wheel Drive

Rotating the tires on FWD models is a slightly different process than rotating vehicles on AWD models. If you’d rather change your tires on your own, we can help you learn the proper way to do this. When looking to rotate the tires on your front-wheel drive Mazda, here’s what you need to do:

  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 side.

When crossing the tires this way, this helps even out the wear and helps your tires last longer. If you rotate them differently, the wear will be uneven and you may need to replace your vehicle’s tires sooner.

Test Drive the Mazda3 at Beach Mazda

Make the trip to Beach Mazda to learn more about front-wheel drive Mazda models, the Mazda6 accessories available, Mazda6 safety ratings, our new vehicle specials, or to take your favorite model for a test drive around Charleston. Don’t hesitate to contact us in the meantime with any questions.

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