2018 Mazda Mazda3

Interior


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2018 Mazda Mazda3 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.2

The 2018 Mazda3 might have the nicest cabin of any compact car. It looks stylish without feeling busy. The materials quality is excellent, and that extends to the user-friendly infotainment system. The seats are comfortable, though some rivals have larger rear seats. Trunk space is on the low side in sedan models, but it’s quite good in the hatchback.

  • 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 (2017)
  • "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 seats five on standard cloth upholstery. A tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel is standard, which is rare for the class. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, sport seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a heated steering wheel are optional.

The front seats provide all-day comfort and support and even have enough side bolstering to keep you in place while you take advantage of the 3’s handling ability. Some class rivals have more spacious rear seats, but two adults can still sit in the back of this Mazda without complaint.

For attaching child safety seats, 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 tether anchors are easy to find and identify, but the lower anchors are set a little too deep in the seat.

  • "Seat comfort is high. Rear-seat legroom is a bit tight, but there's 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 (2017)
  • 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

Standard features in the 2018 Mazda3 include a rearview camera, the Smart City Brake Support system, push-button start, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, HD Radio, and the Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen.

Optional features include 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, and traffic sign recognition.

The Mazda Connect infotainment system is outstanding. The touch screen looks and operates like a tablet, and there’s a console-mounted control knob as well. Both are easy to use, and the system responds quickly to inputs.

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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 (2017)
  • "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

The Mazda3’s cargo capacity varies with body style. Sedan models have 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is low for a sedan in this class. Hatchback models have 20.2 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 47.1 cubic feet with them folded. Those are higher totals than many hatchbacks. Split-folding rear seats are standard in both body styles. There isn’t much small-item storage in the cabin.

  • 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 (2017)
  • 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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