2012 Mazda MAZDA3 Long Term Road Test


2012 Mazda MAZDA3: Dog Report

August 28, 2012

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Wuuut? I haven't done a dog report on our 2012 Mazda 3 yet? Well, I'm gonna fix that right now. This past weekend was all about my dog Mya. On Friday we took her to the beach for Edmunds' annual company picnic, Saturday to the beach again and Sunday on a hike to the Griffith Observatory. Not surprisingly, the Mazda 3 did well as a dog chariot. Not only is it the right height for ease of entry and exit for her but everything else about it was easy, too.

Love that the seatbelt fasteners stick out of the seat for quick buckling of the squirming beast. I could also tuck her blanket deep enough into the seat crevice so she couldn't kick it off as she's wont to do when she "holds on" through the turns. This is very important as our leather seats are beige and therefore more vulnerable to smudging.

There aren't any vents in the backseat but we could just aim the dash vents toward her and she was fine despite the A/C's sluggishness to cool down the cabin. No storage for all her paraphernalia but we just threw her dog backpack in the back and her leash and collar in the rear footwell for easy access.

But yeah, great car for dogs.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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