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MSRP: $16,945 - $26,595
Invoice: $16,474 - $25,443
MPG: 29 City / 41 Hwy
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Mazda Mazda3 Interior

Automotive journalists say the 2015 Mazda Mazda3 has one of the finest cabins in the class. Some think it is almost as well-constructed as the cabins in some compact luxury cars, and that the interior panels, seat fabric and controls have an elegant appearance and feel. Critics think that the Mazda3 features responsive controls and an intuitive infotainment system.

  • "The interior of the 2015 Mazda 3 is one of the best in its class." -- Edmunds
  • "Things only get better inside, where the Mazda3's cabin nearly gives luxury brand compact cars a run for their money." -- Left Lane News (2014)
  • "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 (2014)

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Seating

The 2015 Mazda Mazda3 seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available. The Mazda3 has some of the best seats in the class, critics report, and their bolstering matches the car’s athletic driving characteristics. Auto writers add that the Mazda3 has good outward visibility and a comfortable driving position. However, some automotive journalists note that overall seating space is average, and that rivals such as the Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Jetta have more back-seat room.

  • "The rear seats also have some contouring to them, but all-around space is pretty average. Competing sedans like the Toyota Corolla or Volkswagen Jetta offer more room for adults to get comfortable or to install bulky child safety seats." -- Edmunds
  • "Driving position is very good in Mazda's compact car, and controls are easy to use. Visibility is also good, and the available blind-spot monitoring system is a surprising and assuring feature in this class of car." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2014)

Interior Features

The 2015 Mazda Mazda3 comes standard with a four-speaker stereo, USB and auxiliary inputs, push-button start and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Optional features include Bluetooth, a CD player, cruise control, navigation, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker Bose sound system and a 7-inch touch screen with the Mazda Connect infotainment system. The Mazda3 is also available with blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning and Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support system, which can automatically apply the brakes or maximize stopping power at low speeds if an obstacle is detected.

Automotive journalists say the Mazda3’s interior controls are clearly laid out and simple to use. They also point out that the optional infotainment system is intuitive and responds quickly to user inputs. Additionally, they note that the Mazda3’s LCD screen with a rotary dial control is similar to those found in luxury cars.

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  • "Most Mazda 3 trim levels come with a color display mounted atop the dash and a knob-type controller on the center console, much like those found in pricier cars like Audis. Mazda actually goes a step further by making that display a touchscreen. This added level of redundancy helps make this electronics interface easy to figure out and use on a daily basis. It's one of the better systems out there." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2014)
  • "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 (2014)

Cargo

The 2015 Mazda Mazda3 sedan has 12.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is slightly below average for a compact sedan. The hatchback has 20.2 cubic feet of space with the rear seats in use and 47.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is about average for a hatchback. Reviewers complain that there isn’t much in terms of storage space for small items in the cabin.

  • "The sedan's 12.4-cubic-foot trunk is bit small for the class. The hatchback, meanwhile, offers 20.2 cubic feet behind its rear seat, while folding the seats yields 47.1 cubic feet. Both are average figures." -- Edmunds
  • "Mazda3 hatchbacks boast over 47 cubic feet of room with seats folded." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Door storage is at a minimum, with just a cupholder in the doors. Guess you'll need to put your larger crap elsewhere." -- Jalopnik (2014)
Review Last Updated: 11/6/14

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