8. Upscale Interior
Father Time is a grumpy old SOB. He’s impatient too. He waits for no one and nothing; he works off his own schedule and if you don’t like it go figure out how to modify a DeLorean DMC12. The Mazda3 has always had a suitably upscale interior for the C-Segment. It’s typically been a step ahead of the competition in areas like design, construction and materials quality. But eventually every car falls victim to Pappy Time, and the current 3 is starting to look a bit dated inside.
To remedy this problem, designers outfitted the 2014 car with upscale design and materials as well as advanced technology. There’s a new heads-up display with a retractable screen; a brand-new infotainment system that can read text messages and e-mails; and the seats have been reworked for greater comfort and lighter weight. Back-seat passengers are even treated to more legroom.