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2007 Mazda Mazda3 Interior

This interior review was written when the 2007 Mazda Mazda3 was new.

Auto reviewers generally praise the interior cabin comfort, cargo room and clean finish of the 2007 Mazda 3. The interior is seen as well laid out with easy entry and exit and a spacious front seating area, but a somewhat cramped back seat for most passengers.

Seating

The majority of test drivers finds the front seat space in the 2007 Mazda 3 ample and supportive and tailored to suit any driver's needs. The 2007 Mazda 3 can seat four adults, with back seat space for two passengers. Automobile Magazine observes that the front seat can adjust to suit the tallest of drivers, and Newsday notes that "In any version, the Mazda 3's seating position is relatively high, improving the view forward and easing entry and exit." The Orlando Sentinel also tested the ergonomics a bit, observing that the gearshift is "in just the right place." In contrast, however, Car and Driver does not find the interior space satisfying, reporting their "chief beef" is the "sardine can of a cabin", adding, "Make sure your right leg isn't in regular contact with the dash and console."

The 2007 Mazda 3 MazdaSpeed interior specifically garners praise from test drivers for its sports seats. New Car Test Drive says: The best thing about the Mazdaspeed3's interior is the high-bolstered sports seats, which cradle and support rather than confine. The strategic use of leather and cloth inserts keeps you from inadvertently sliding around when you're driving at a quick pace. These are the kind of seats that will help you rack up a thousand miles of driving in a day." Automobile Magazine reports that the "interior focuses on the driver's needs," where an "ideally shaped driver's seat is substantially bolstered, and the three-spoke steering wheel is wrapped in leather with red stitching."

The rear seat of the 2007 Mazda 3 is best suited for two passengers, but Motor Trend notes that "three bodies fit fine there for short trips." Edmunds observes that the rear seats offer "surprisingly ample leg -- and hiproom," while Consumer Guide disagrees somewhat, noting that the leg room in the back is "tight with front seats pushed more than halfway back." Automobile Magazine finds that to be the case too, and notes, "With the front seat adjusted for a driver six feet tall, the back is pretty tight, but once you wedge yourself into place it's acceptably comfortable." It should be noted that while the hatchback is generally seen as having ample rear seat headroom, the sedan has notably less head clearance for taller passengers.

Interior Features

Auto reviewers highlight the 2007 Mazda 3's dash and most feel that it is nicely arranged, but may be a bit perplexing to operate. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman says the "electronics are basic, although the radio is a funky Japanese design that has the tuning knob on the left, where the volume knob usually is, and the volume knob in the center." Consumer Guide reports that "most controls are simple, handy, but some testers find climate switches a stretch" and the "stereo layout a bit confusing." Auto writers from Edmunds find the instrumentation "upscale," with the controls imparting a "real sense of quality" fitted in "a simple, logical manner," though the center stack is "a little flat." Automobile Magazine finds the 2007 Mazda 3 MazdaSpeed layout "racy-looking," with red gauges against black upholstery.

The 2007 Mazda 3 four-door comes with front side-window demisters, heater and defroster, illuminated glove compartment with ignition keyhole, auto dimming rearview mirror, remote fuel door, hood and trunk release and storage bin and storage pockets throughout.

Upgraded trim levels have additional standard features such as automatic climate control system with display and an optional moonroof with power sliding glass and interior sunshade, three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel and an optional moonroof with power sliding glass and interior sunshade.

The 2007 Mazda 3 MazdaSpeed Sport comes with black cloth seats, black and red interior trim and 60/40 split fold-down rear seat backs. The Mazda 3 MazdaSpeed Grand Touring has a Bose premium audio system with an in-dash six-disc CD changer, driving information system and an optional DVD navigation system.

Stereo and Entertainment

The 2007 Mazda 3 five-door has a standard AM/FM/CD audio changer. The 2007 Mazda 3 five-door s Touring and five-door s Grand Touring come with an additional six-speaker sound system that Edmunds finds provides "excellent" sound coverage. The reviewer continues, "This is a surprisingly stout sound system for a car that is priced under $20K. Nice bass response. The highs are bright and clear and never squeak as the volume is raised. The usual Achilles' heel on these budget-priced cars is that the sound systems lack midrange." The 2007 Mazda 3 five-door can be fitted with an optional Bose premium audio system with a 222W digital amplifier, seven speakers, and an in-dash six-disc CD changer. All trim levels of the 2007 Mazda 3 five-door are fitted with satellite radio compatibility.

Navigation

The optional DVD-navigation system, with touch-screen function, is available for the 2007 Mazda 3 five-door s Grand Touring and the 2007 Mazda 3 MazdaSpeed Grand Touring. Auto writers from New Car Test Drive find the navigation display "bright," with straightforward software, but "small and fussy enough" controls are located on the center console. The writers from New Car Test Drive also praise Mazda 3 for being "one of the very few cars in this price class to offer a navigation system."

Cargo

The 2007 Mazda 3 four-door sedan has 11.5 cubic feet of cargo room and 60/40 split fold-down rear seats. The 2007 Mazda 3 five-door hatchback has 17.1 cubic feet or cargo room and 43.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. The 2007 Mazda 3 MazdaSpeed has 16.5 cubic feet of trunk space and 43.4 with the rear seats down.

Edmunds calls the cargo room on the five-door hatchback "impressive," and seemingly big given the car's overall dimensions. The Chicago Tribune agrees, citing the trunk as "spacious." "Folding the rear seats down increases the cargo area generously," states Motor Trend, "and while the rear seatbacks don't fold completely flat, rarely did we wish for more space." BusinessWeek adds that the rear folding seats on the 2007 Mazda 3 create "a fairly spacious hauling space that students will find handy." New Car Test Drive also notes that flipping down the rear seats for added cargo room is "easy."

When looking at the overall use of space in the car, some reviewers were very pleased. For example, New Car Test Drive observes that the 2007 Mazda 3 "affords plenty of practical space, notably a cavernous glovebox," in addition to two built-in cupholders in the center console and armrests with integrated cupholders in the rear.

Review Last Updated: 5/2/08

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