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2013 Mazda Mazda3 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Mazda Mazda3 was new.


Interior: 7.5

Reviewers are disappointed that the 2013 Mazda3's cabin doesn’t have the premium look and feel rivals like the Volkswagen Golf and Subaru Impreza have. Compared with its classmates, reviewers say the Mazda3 also has less passenger space and that the sedan’s trunk is small for the class.

  • "Textured and padded surfaces are found in most places where occupants are most likely to see and touch them. The cloth and leather upholstery look and feel nice for the class. Hard molded plastics are found on lower panels, but they don't look cheap." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Among several impressive new competitors, the Mazda 3's interior design and materials quality isn't the class leader it once was. Still, even if it isn't top dog, that doesn't make it a mangy mutt. Even the lowest trim levels feature soft-touch surfaces, while Grand Touring models offer enough luxury and convenience equipment to keep pace with other so-called premium compact cars." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Disappointing in the new 3: Mazda pioneered the use of premium plastics in the 2004 Mazda3 but seems to be falling behind the best. The interiors in the sedan and hatchback test cars weren't cheap-feeling, but neither did they have the Mazda uplevel feel that once surprised and delighted." -- USA Today (2012)


The 2013 Mazda3 can seat up to five. One reviewer thinks that the front seats are comfortable, but a few reviewers complain that tall adults will be cramped in the front seats. Test drivers also agree that the rear seats are tight for adults, and say that overall, the second row is small for the class.

  • "The Mazda3's front seats are comfortable even in cloth form, and feel even better when outfitted with leather. The rear seats, meanwhile, can feel cramped for taller adults." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Most adults should have sufficient headroom and legroom. Taller folks and those of generous girth will be a bit cramped." -- Consumer Guide (front seats, 2012)
  • "The Mazda 3 is also a bit less spacious than its competitors, with long-legged folks likely to be cramped in back and possibly in the driver seat as well." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "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 (2010)

Interior Features

The base 2013 Mazda3 comes with a four-speaker stereo, auxiliary input jack and satellite radio capability. Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 10-speaker Bose stereo, navigation, a USB port, HD Radio and Pandora Internet radio connectivity. Blind-spot monitoring is also optional, but a rearview camera is not available.

Test drivers think the buttons on the dash and the steering wheel are logically placed, and that all controls are easy to access. Some also appreciate the Mazda3's updated tech features, which include a new touch-screen navigation system.

See the full 2013 Mazda3 features and specs »

  • "The 2013 Mazda3 sedan and hatchback feature a similar interior that's easy on the eyes and very ergonomic. Buttons and knobs on the dash and steering wheel are laid out well and within easy reach." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "For 2013, Mazda has revised and simplified many of the controls, to excellent overall effect. Kudos to the company for redesigning the available navigation system; ditto the inclusion of a USB port for connecting MP3 players." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "In particular, this year's Mazda 3 benefits from some new electronic features, including a new navigation system that has a larger, more traditionally mounted touchscreen display." -- Edmunds


The 2013 Mazda3 sedan has 11.8 cubic feet of trunk space. The hatchback has 17 cubic feet with the rears seats up and 42.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Reviewers say the Mazda3 sedan doesn’t have much cargo space for the class, but appreciate that the hatchback offers a lot more room. A different reviewer adds that interior storage is adequate for a small car.

  • "The sedan's trunk is on the small side, though the rear seats fold for added space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 3 hatchback would be our choice, since it offers all the sedan's high points and adds greater practicality." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Interior storage is decent, with a good-sized center console box, an average-sized glovebox, and door pockets." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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