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 |  Jul 29 2014, 10:02 AM

3: Spring for upgraded audio

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While the styling of this basic Mazda3 is excellent, the sound-system is most certainly not. The first complaint about the sound setup is that the car frequently struggled to get a strong radio signal, resulting in frequent static and varying levels of sound quality. Even when switched to Bluetooth streaming, the tunes pumping out of the speakers sounded flat and unimpressive. It seems like the only way to rectify this issue is to pony up $1,600 for the Technology package which includes a nine-speaker Bose stereo and the new Mazda Connect infotainment and navigation system. Past tests found this infotainment system to be very easy to use thanks to a touch screen and control knob interface.

Also included in that package is a dual-zone automatic climate control system and rear-view camera making the bundle especially appealing.

  • Shiratori90

    “While not all drivers out there know how to pilot a car with a
    stick-shift, the Mazda3 has to be one of the easiest to approach for
    newbies thanks to its effortless engagement and clearly defined gates.”

    Love how they make the assumption that people who don’t drive stick shift cars just don’t know how to drive one. Maybe, just maybe, a large number of people don’t drive stick shifts because they have no desire to drive one.

    Idiots……..

  • Non-idiot

    Not sure how you got that from that sentence.

    They clearly said – there are people who don’t know how to use a stick-shift. For those newbies Mazda3 is one of the easiest cars to learn how to…

    They haven’t mentioned non-newbies like (probably) you, who know how to drive stick-shifts, but still choose to drive automatics, at all.

    I guess in between the lines you are somehow seeing some personal trauma that happened in your life, which pushes you to radiate hatred and insults to people over the internet? Maybe friends are teasing you for driving an automatic and you think you’re not cool enough or something? It’s all going to pass, don’t worry. You’ll grow up one day and realize how silly you were for being worried about such non-important things.

    All the best.

  • caladan59

    LOL. Thanks for my laugh of the day.

  • caladan59

    I haven’t seen it mentioned in any review I’ve read on the Mazda3 about the placement of the center radio/navigation pod on top of the dashboard. It’s kind of odd looking in that it sticks up from the dash making it look like an aftermarket add-on. (And the new 2 will also have this odd ball looking set-up.) I realize it’s meant to be higher for ease of visibility for the driver but I think Mazda could have integrated it into the dash a little better. A good friend loved the 3 but ended up not buying it because he’d have to look at that thing every day.

  • Jacquie

    Mind explaining where the “assumption” is in the quoted text? I read that to say the Mazda3 would be a good option for someone learning to drive stick.

  • Shiratori90

    Except for the fact that, when it comes to my car and what kind of transmission is in it, I don’t really give two s**ts about what other people think. Ultimately, your detailed description of my supposed “trauma” suggests that YOU are the one with the screwed up life and past. Maybe you should consider seeing someone?