2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3: The Road Ahead?

October 15, 2012

Car Guy's Nightmare

A little over two years ago, I applied Mazda's Shinari concept design language to our Mazdaspeed 3. Reviews were mixed, but now that the Mazda 6 has been out in the open for a while, I thought I'd revive this thread.

I still like the application of the Shinari grille. But then again, anything is better than the silly smiley face. But what I'm really hoping for from the next Mazda 3 is a greatly improved cabin. To me, the current interior has a lot of room for improvement. There's plenty of hard plastics and the integration of the infotainment screen is one of the worst I've seen. It shouldn't take much to bring it up to date, I think.

With any luck, Mazda would use the Ford Focus' interior as a target, as it seems significantly nicer than anything in that segment. As for the exterior, well, I doubt they'd go as far as my concept, but I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the cues survive.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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