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in 2011 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $10,160 - $16,312
Original MSRP: $15,800 - $23,810
MPG: 25 City / 33 Hwy
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2011 Mazda Mazda3 Interior

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Inside the Mazda3, reviewers highlight upmarket amenities, comfortable front-row seating and outstanding quality. But they are also careful to point out a few low points. The car’s navigation screen is too small, and the Mazda3’s second row is only recommended for smaller passengers.

  • "Our notes were peppered with the word 'refinement' because the cabin is so quiet and all the controls have such a natural feel." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "The Mazda3's cabin incorporates a large gauge cluster, center stack and controls positioned close to the driver. Key knobs and switches are positioned at the same level as the steering wheel and the shifter." -- AutoWeek

Seating

Reviewers are generally positive about seating in the 2011 Mazda3. Like most compacts, the second row of seats in the Mazda3 is tight. Writers say the seats are cushy, but only shorter passengers should try them out.

  • "Leather bucket seats were comfortable and supportive, with high bolsters that kept you in place as you flung the 3 about." -- USA Today
  • "The front seats are roomy and comfortable, with rear seat legroom tight when front seats are adjusted rearward but otherwise adequate." -- Austin American-Stateman
  • "Rear-seat room remains unfriendly to anyone over six feet tall; it feels smaller back there than in some of the 3's larger competition." -- Car and Driver
  • "The back seat is comfortable but a bit tight compared to its rivals, and only the outer seating positions get headrests." -- About.com

Interior Features

Most reviewers are pleased with the Mazda3’s cabin materials and standard features, and specifically point to the driver-centric instrument panel as a plus. The 2011 Mazda's optional features include Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 10-speaker Bose Surround Sound System with AudioPilot. Satellite radio is also offered. Many writers suggest opting against the available navigation system because the display is too small to read easily.

  • "The interior plastics are first-rate, especially upfront, where soft tough, expensive feeling materials abound." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "A minor irritation we have with the 3 comes from the placement and size of the navigation screen, which is way too small, located high on the dash and squished next to the stereo display." -- Motor Trend

Cargo

The Mazda3 sedan has 11.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Those dimensions are considered acceptable, but not exceptional, for the small car class. 

  • "Trunk space is 11.8 cubic feet -- about a half cubic foot less than Toyota's Corolla sedan." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk is roomy, and rear seatbacks drop down to open a passage into the trunk for long objects." -- Austin American-Stateman

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