Is the MAZDA3 Front-Wheel Drive?

2021 Mazda3 Sedan driving on a snowy road

If you are looking for an agile, efficient, and powerful ride you may be wondering, “Is the Mazda3 front-wheel drive?” Yes! The Mazda3 sedan comes with front-wheel drive standard, and all-wheel drive options on upgraded trims. Thanks to thoughtful design and SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, you can take on every Manteca commute with peace of mind. Below we will address:

  • What is front-wheel drive?
  • How to rotate tires on front-wheel-drive models

If you want to turn each Stockton drive into a thrilling joy ride, the latest Mazda3 is built for you. Learn more about this energetic sedan packed with incredible Mazda technology below!


SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY is integrated into the Mazda3 to achieve better performance and fuel efficiency. Thanks to the SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed electronically controlled sport automatic transmission, the Mazda3 achieves smooth, quick, and precise acceleration. Along with that, the SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control gives your ride to shift power to where it’s needed most for a steadier journey.

What is Front-Wheel Drive?

Now that we know that the Mazda3 is equipped with impressive SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY and front-wheel drive standard, you may be wondering, “What is front-wheel drive?”. A front-wheel-drive model utilizes a transmission that sends engine power directly to the front set of wheels. This means you will have better traction when the Tracy streets get slippery. FWD models also achieve stronger fuel economy specs overall, and emit less carbon dioxide. So, you can get better handling, save on fuel, and reduce your carbon footprint through one upgrade when you switch to the Mazda3!

How to Rotate Tires: Front-Wheel Drive

If you are looking to take on a DIY front-wheel-drive tire rotation, you will need to follow a different process than you would for an AWD model. Follow the steps below to achieve a successful FWD tire rotation:

  1. When moving the front tires to the back, keep them on the same side. 
  2. When you put the rear tires up front, move the back left tire to the front right position, and the back right tire to the front left. 

Using this tire change rotation sequence helps to even out the wear and tear, allowing your tires to last longer. If you rotate them in a different pattern, you could cause undue stress to certain spots on your tires. If you prefer to let the pros handle the job, our service center offers rotating service coupons to help you save with every visit!

Test Drive the MAZDA3 at Tracy Mazda

Now that you can confidently answer the question, “Is Mazda3 front-wheel drive?” you can shop for your Lanthrop upgrade like a pro. Visit us in Tracy to discover how seamless every commute can be when backed by Mazda engineering. Contact us today to learn more about how to rotate tires on front-wheel-drive models and more!

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