2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3: Good Mix of Old and New

January 26, 2012

2012 Mazda Mazda3

I agree wholeheartedly with Josh on this one. Seeing the three dial climate control setup on our Mazda 3 was a welcome relief. It was a bit unexpected as our Mazda 3 is otherwise loaded up with all sorts of high-tech features.

I haven't done a full checklist yet, but so far I've noticed that it has rain-sensing wipers, active headlights, a navigation system and Bluetooth connectivity. Those are typically the kind of features you get when you load a car up with every last package, and those packages almost always include some kind of automatic climate control. Glad to see this wasn't the case here and I still much prefer the ease of use that comes with a three-dial setup.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line

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