2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3: No Place for a Button

April 16, 2012

2012 Mazda Mazda3

For a car that does so many things well, it's odd that the Mazda 3 manages to screw up something as simple as a trunk release. In this case, it uses the tiny little button you see here to pop the trunk open.

Not only is the button ridiculously small, it's just plain counter intuitive. Latches make sense, you pull the latch to release and then just keep on pulling to open the hatch. Here you push the tiny little button, listen for the release and then grab the bottom edge to open it. Not exactly hard, but unnecessarily complex.

There's probably some reason the engineers decided to go this route, hope it's a good one.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line 

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