2009 Mazda Mazdaspeed3


$5,521 - $5,938

2009 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 was new.


Interior: 8.8

The 2008 Mazdaspeed3's interior matches its performance appeal with bolstered bucket seating, red accents and an overall sleek cabin look with quality fit and finish. Most reviewers find the interior successful at fusing form and function.

  • "The materials, fit, and interior look is all very good." -- CNET
  • "The interior focuses on the driver's needs without forgetting that this is an affordable four-door wagon, not some frivolous two-seater." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "[T]wo-tone interior trim, the red stitching, the leather steering wheel and gear-shifter, and the polished aluminum pedals make it feel very European." -- Car and Driver
  • "Like the rest of the Mazda 3 line, the Mazdaspeed3 boasts a cabin with a distinctive and upscale design. It also shares the same large, clear gauge layout, precise controls, high-grade materials and tight build quality." -- Edmunds


Auto writers find the Mazdaspeed3's front seats comfortable, but warn that they may be too narrow for large occupants. And though the Mazdaspeed3 has seatbelts for five, many critics claim the backseat is best suited for two average-size adults. For drivers and passengers of the right size, the Mazdaspeed3 offers a comfortable ride.

  • "The MAZDASPEED3's sport seats provide a snug fit with large side bolsters to hold the driver and passenger firmly in place during spirited drives." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The front seats were deeply sculpted buckets that provided excellent support for long distances behind the wheel." -- Kansas City Star
  • "The black cloth seats are firm and supportive, maybe a little narrow for the wide-bodied among us. With six-way manual adjustments and a tilt/telescope adjustable steering wheel, it's easy to find the perfect driving position." -- About.com
  • "In the rear, seating is surprisingly spacious, with a roof line that holds its height even though, from the outside, it looks to take a sharp dip to the rear pillars." --Boston Globe
  • "In back, there are seatbelts for three but reasonable accommodations and comfort for only two, with enough knee and head room for average-sized adults." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Interior Features

The 2009 Mazdaspeed3 features a long list of standard and optional convenience features. Overall, reviewers seem pleased with its offerings, but take issue with the Grand Touring's placement of its optional navigation system

  • "In keeping with the MAZDASPEED3's performance nature, the interior receives a number of improvements, the most noticeable of which are the big bolstered front bucket seats, handsomely adorned with cloth inserts and decorative red seam stitching. " -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cockpit is functional, with three silver-rimmed gauges protruding from behind the steering wheel. Drilled-aluminum pedals add to the sporty look and feel." -- Boston Globe
  • "In addition to performance, Mazda treated the Mazdaspeed3 GT like some kind of a mini nightclub. It's got a Bose audio system with seven speakers, steering-wheel audio controls, a standard iPod jack and is Sirius satellite radio-compatible." -- Detroit News
  • "The Mazda3 wasn't originally designed with navigation in mind (who would pay for the expensive upgrade in a compact?) and it shows. The screen pops up at the top of the dash just fine, but the interface is located to the right of the shifter. Not only is it inconvenient, but with a manual transmission, it seems a bit dangerous..." -- Cars.com


Reviewers appreciate the Mazdaspeed3's flexibility, noting its cargo space and split-and-fold seating add an edge of practicality. With the rear seats up, the 2009 Mazdaspeed3 can hold 16.5 cubic feet of cargo. Storage space increases to 43.4 cubic feet when its seats are folded down.

  • "Strip away the thrilling turbo engine, and the Mazdaspeed3 is still a four-door hatchback. That means it's - gasp - almost practical." -- Cars.com
  • "I've always been a fan of hatchbacks because they can be so flexible. The Mazda has a fairly spacious rear cargo area and a 60/40 split folding rear seat that lets you expand the cargo space." -- Detroit News
  • "Six sets of snowboards, boots and bindings, $2400. Four sets of snow jackets and pants, $1000. Two snowboard helmets, $200. Assorted luggage, clothes, sleeping bags and snacks, $193.57. Having the ability to fit all of that plus another passenger into a fun, sporty, affordable compact for a weekend up in the mountains - priceless." -- Road and Track

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