As you already know, I will be driving the 2010 Mazda3 this whole week. Today, I want to take you around the interior of the new 3 from Mazda. Sit inside and right away you notice superb build quality, especially for a car competing in the compact segment. Overall build quality and feel seems to be quite better than a Honda Civic or a Toyota Corolla – and I’m not talking about the leather seats and the leather gear-shift knob that came with our Grand Touring model. As I go along, I’ll make sure to take every single option, along with pricing, into account when comparing our fully-loaded Mazda3 to it’s rivals.
One thing I wasn’t too impressed with was the information display next to the climate control display on the center of the dashboard. It seems to basic – in fact, I’m going to go ahead and say I felt like I was looking at MS-DOS.
I’ve become a fan of the leather-wrapped steering wheel with steering-wheel mounted controls. It is standard on the i Touring ($18,625), s Sport ($19,790) and Grand Touring ($22,250) models. I’m also liking the Bose CenterPoint Surround System with AudioPilot, however, I am a bit disappointed about the lack of iPod connectivity (there is an AUX port).
I’m going to continue driving the Mazda3 for the rest of the week so do stay in touch and ask me as many questions as you want about the car through the site or on Twitter. (Twitter will get you a faster response since I’m glued to my BlackBerry most of the day).
2010 Mazda 3 Interior (Weekly Test-Drive):
– By: Stephen Calogera
All Photos Copyright © 2009 Omar Rana ““ egmCarTech.