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MSRP: $16,945 - $26,495
Invoice: $16,464 - $25,335
MPG: 30 City / 41 Hwy
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Mazda Mazda3 Interior

Reviewers say the redesigned Mazda3’s cabin feels sleek and modern with a pleasing layout and upscale materials. It practically competes with much pricier cars, they say. Seats are agreeably comfortable and there’s enough room for adults to sit comfortably in the rear. The optional infotainment system wins high praise for its ease of use.

  • "Things only get better inside, where the Mazda3's cabin nearly gives luxury brand compact cars a run for their money." -- Left Lane News
  • "The interior also looks a step above what is expected of a car in this price range. The cut and stitching of the seat fabric, the tidy instrument cluster, and the dashboard's horizontal orientation help create a premium feel. The look is clean, uncluttered and simple-again, echoing the Mazda 6." -- Forbes
  • "The sporty cabin ambience remains, but this time it's part of a more modern, flowing design, paired with vastly improved materials quality and a new touchscreen and electronics interface. As a result, the 3 feels more grownup than ever before. This isn't just a car for 20-somethings anymore." -- Edmunds
  • "The clean, stylish dash that's free of buttons and clutter is appreciated, and the free-floating-look of the touchscreen display is pretty slick." -- Autoblog

Seating

The 2014 Mazda3 seats five and comes standard with cloth seats and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Leather-trimmed seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available. The Mazda3’s front seats are comfortable, supportive and have a premium feel, reviewers say. Test drivers note that additional shoulder room up front makes the cabin feel roomy and others say rear head- and legroom are adequate, even for tall passengers.

  • "The front seats are very comfortable with mildly sporty bolstering and fine materials." -- Edmunds
  • "I should also give a hat tip to the seats, which are truly great. I was told at the launch of the car that I'd want to bring these home and put them in my house. That's a slight exaggeration, but they are probably the best seats in the segment." -- Jalopnik
  • "While total passenger volume stays roughly the same, additional shoulder room makes the Mazda3's cabin feel more accommodating, particularly up front." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "At 35.8 inches, rear-seat legroom is adequate for 6-foot passengers. There's not quite enough space to lounge and cross your ankles, but your knees and shins won't bang against the front seats, either. There's noticeably more headroom in back, too." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The base Mazda3 comes with a four-speaker stereo, USB and auxiliary inputs and push-button start. Optional features include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a CD player, cruise control, keyless entry, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker Bose sound system and a moonroof. The Mazda3 offers more driver assistance features than most cars in the class, including blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and forward collision warning. Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support system is also available, which can automatically apply the brakes or increase braking power at low speeds if an obstacle is detected.        

The Mazda3’s infotainment system is responsive and simple to use, reviewers say. Dash controls are accessible and designed to enhance driver convenience, test drivers note, adding that optional features like the head-up display and touch screen are well-positioned to reduce distraction while driving.

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  • "Of particular praise is the optional Mazda Connect infotainment system. Utilizing a tablet-esque 7-inch touchscreen festooned to the dashboard and a console-mounted control knob, it is an absolute breeze to use. Navigation, audio and vehicle settings are all logically arrayed, the screen itself is bright and not overloaded with information, and we found the system to be mercifully lag-free." -- Left Lane News
  • "The 2014 Mazda 3 cabin is leaps better than any previous 3 and it's among the best in its class. An intuitive, driver-oriented dashboard and console put all the controls in easy reach, so that you aren't searching around through button arrays or menu screens to accomplish basic tasks." -- Edmunds
  • “Fully implemented in upline models with the head-up Active Driving Display and high-mounted touch screen, even the base Mazda3 i variants have audio switchgear positioned closer to the driver's line of sight to help minimize distraction." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The clean, stylish dash that's free of buttons and clutter is appreciated, and the free-floating-look of the touchscreen display is pretty slick." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The Mazda3 sedan has 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is less space than what sedans like the Chevrolet Cruze offer. The hatchback has 20.2 cubic feet with the rear seats in use and 47.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is good for a hatchback. Reviewers appreciate the ease with which the rear seats fold down, but others say that the Mazda3 could use more storage space for small items.

  • "Bonus feature: lowering the hatchback's rear seats doesn't require removing the headrests." -- Edmunds
  • "Door storage is at a minimum, with just a cupholder in the doors. Guess you'll need to put your larger crap elsewhere." -- Jalopnik
Review Last Updated: 3/11/14

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