2012 Mazda Mazda3 i Grand Touring: Smudges Galore - 2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3 i Grand Touring: Smudges Galore

January 17, 2012

2012 Mazda Mazda3

I remember Michael Jordan commenting on the subtle downgrading of interior materials in 2012 Mazda 3 i Grand Touring. And I remember at the time, I thought, oh, it can't be really be appreciably worse than the stuff in our Mazdaspeed 3, can it?

But it really kind of is. The new black plastic on the audio head unit collects oily fingerprint smudges like my Dell Latitude E6410's keyboard does during periods of furious typing in auto show press rooms. It's kind of gross. And, no, we never had this problem in our 2012 Mazdaspeed 3, which had this head unit. (Regrettably, these aren't the best photos; I'll take some more the next time I'm around the car during daylight hours.)


2012 Mazda Mazda3

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 4,052 miles

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