Today, Iím reviewing the Mazda3. Why a Mazda3 you ask? Why are you checking out a car? The answer is simple, Iíll review anything if I see it as an accessory for my phone. Until recently, cars and phones were very separate pieces of technology. You might be able to use your car to make calls and maybe play music from your iPod but other then that, thereís been very little integration between the two.
That is until now. While weíre still in the initial stages of bringing the two together, itís still worth checking out where weíre at right now. Mazda let me borrow a 3 with their solution called Mazda Connect which is what Iím checking out here:
The Mazda3 Iím looking at 2014 GT model in Soul Red Mica ($300 extra) and comes with these features standard for $25,855:
- SKYACTIV-G 2.5L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine
- 184HP @ 5,700RPM
- 185FT/LB Torque @ 3,250 RPM
- SKYACTIV-AT 6-speed automatic transmission
- drive selection switch with Sport Mode
- bi-xenon HID headlights with manual leveling and LED light signature
- LED tail lights
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- intelligent key system (proximity and ignition)
- voice-activated navigation system
- BOSE premium audio system with 9 speakers
- Active Driving Display (ADD)
- dual-zone automatic climate control
- rearview camera
- 7Ē touchscreen display with HMI commander
- USB/AUX inputs
- heated seats
Plus the following options:
Luxury Package $1,500:
- Leather seats
- leather-like door trim
- garage door opener
- 6-way power driver's seat (recline, lift, fore/aft)
- manual driver lumbar support
- auto dimming inner rear view mirror
- leather-like rear console lid
Tech package $2,500:
- Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- High Beam Control (HBC)
- Smart City Brake Support (SCBS)
- Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)
- SIRIUS Satellite Radio
- i-ELOOP Regenerative Braking System
So, the GT with the Red paint and the 2 packages weighs in at a hefty $30,155 before taxes, freight and PDI.
On the hardware-side, Mazda Connect consists of a 7Ē display which sits on top of the dash, and a controller just below the shifter. You can also access voice commands and volume controls via buttons on the steering wheel.
The controller is a substantial knob that you can move up/down/left/right or turn. You can press it in to select.
In the armrest are a pair of USB ports, MicroSD slot and 12 volt outlet and a line in.