Is the MAZDA3 Front-Wheel-Drive?

June 10th, 2022 by
2022 Mazda3 4-Door


Port Jervis drivers often ask, “Is the Mazda3 front-wheel drive?” This depends on which trim level you choose. The 2022 Mazda3 sedan and hatchback include FWD as a standard, with AWD in upper configurations. With the Mazda SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, you may not need it. Learn more about this exciting advanced technology with the team at Compass Mazda, then give our team a call to schedule a day to hit the Middletown streets for a test drive.

What is Front-Wheel-Drive?

First, we want to make sure drivers know how FWD works. This is when the transmission sends power to the front wheels. When the vehicle has front-wheel drive, it means that the two front wheels are what’s moving your vehicle via power sent from the engine. This allows you to get improved traction on slippery roads in Goshen, as well as better fuel economy and emitting less carbon dioxide than other drivetrains. 


Mazda SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY helps enhance performance, control, and fuel efficiency. Your new Mazda is equipped with this advanced technology so you can enjoy quicker and smoother acceleration with more precision o your drives. Not to mention, you can take things up a notch with the ultra-responsive Skyactiv®-G 2.5 Turbo engine that produces 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque with 93 octane premium unleaded fuel. When paired with i-ACTIV AWD®, drive with confidence everywhere you go.

How to Rotate Tires: Front-Wheel Drive

Those with a FWD Mazda3 model will have a slightly different tire rotation pattern. Below are the steps to follow if you want to rotate your tires on a Mazda with FWD:

  1. Move the front tires to the back, and keep them on the same side of the car as they were before.
  2. Move the back tires to the front, but switch sides so that the left-back tire moves to the front right spot and the right-back tire moves to the front left spot.

These patterns help even out wear and tear to help make your tires last even longer. While the pattern differs, it’s best to speak with a factory-trained and certified service technician if you need additional assistance.

Learn More at Compass Mazda!

Want to know more about FWD or how to rotate tires on front-wheel drive vehicles? We’re here to help! Our service team will work with you to provide helpful service tips to keep your Mazda vehicle performing at its best for years to come. Contact us if you need further assistance or to schedule an appointment.


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