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2017 Mazda Mazda3 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Mazda Mazda3 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

The 2017 Mazda3 boasts one of the most upscale cabins in the class. Material quality is top-notch, and its simple styling makes for a pleasant space. The Mazda3's front seats are shaped for optimum comfort and support, but its back seats aren’t quite as roomy as those in some compact cars. The infotainment system is intuitive and quick. The Mazda3 sedan has a slightly smaller trunk than most compacts, but the hatchback has a good amount of cargo room when compared with rival hatchbacks.

  • The Mazda3's cabin isn't the roomiest in the segment, but it's among the best in layout. The well-shaped front seats keep driver and passenger snug. " -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior of the 2015 Mazda 3 is one of the best in its class." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "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)

Seating

The Mazda3's front seats are comfortable and provide good side support, even when cornering. Back-seat space, though adequate for two average-sized adults, isn't as generous as in competitors like the Volkswagen Jetta and Toyota Corolla.

The 2017 Mazda3 has seating for five on standard cloth upholstery. A tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel is standard, which is rare for the class. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are optional.

The Mazda3's LATCH system includes a tether anchor and two lower anchors in both rear outboard seats and a tether anchor in the middle rear seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet rated the 2017 Mazda3's LATCH system.

  • Rear-seat legroom is on the low side, but there's still room for two average-size adults, three in a pinch." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Passenger room is ample up front, while rear seat space is decent but not enormous by class standards." -- Left Lane News
  • The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and the sporty bolstering nicely complements the car's nimble handling abilities. 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 (2015)

Interior Features

The 2017 Mazda3's standard features include a rearview camera, push-button start, two USB ports, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a six-speaker sound system, HD Radio, and the Mazda Connect infotainment system. The Mazda3 can be equipped with navigation, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, satellite radio, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, adaptive headlights, traffic sign recognition, and Mazda’s Smart City Brake Support system, which can automatically apply the brakes at low speeds if you are about to hit an object or person.

The Mazda Connect infotainment system is one of the best in the class. It responds quickly to inputs and is easy to master. For functions like climate and navigation, you can use either its touch screen or its console-mounted control knob, which is similar to the controllers in many luxury cars.

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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
  • "Dash-mounted LCD screens with a rotary dial control below have been in luxury cars for years, but now one is in Mazda's compact car. Collectively called Mazda Connect, the easy-to-learn system controls audio, phone, apps and more." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "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

In the sedan body style, the 2017 Mazda3 has 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space. Most compact cars have 13 or more cubic feet of space. The hatchback model offers significantly more space with 20.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 47.1 with them folded. That’s more space than most compact hatchbacks have. Both the sedan and hatchback come standard with 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

  • All models have 60/40-split-folding rear seats for further versatility. Mazda3 hatchbacks boast over 47 cubic feet of room with seats folded." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • 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 (2015)
  • "Door storage is at a minimum, with just a cupholder in the doors." -- Jalopnik (2014)

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