Mazda isn’t aware of wheel separations so far, and there have been no accidents, injuries, or deaths reported in relation to this concern. Affected vehicles were manufactured between April 19th through May 3rd, and the dealers have been instructed to tighten the lug nuts at no charge to the owners.
The number for this recall is 3519F, and owners are expected to show up at dealerships starting on August 6th. If you’re using the NTHSA to cross-check your car, you’ll also find more information in regard to the problem by searching for campaign number 19V425.
Now coming with a twist beam instead of independent rear suspension, the Mazda3 for the 2019 model year is available from $21,000 in the United States for the sedan or $23,600 for the hatchback. The 2.5-liter engine develops 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque right off the bat, and with the right kind of driving, you might average 35 miles to the gallon on the highway.
The SkyActiv-X is also coming, but Mazda North American Operation is taking its sweet time with the revolutionary powerplant. By combining compression-ignition principles into the design of a gasoline engine, the SkyActiv-X promises to be more efficient than the SkyActiv-G with the same displacement.
Program manager Kota Beppu “wants a hyper version of the hatchback,” but so far, Mazda hasn’t mentioned a thing about this development. If everything goes to plan, a 2.5-liter turbo might be the beating heart of the sportiest Mazda3 since the Mazdaspeed3.