This Is Going Too Far - 2012 Mazda 3 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Mazda 3 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Mazda 3: This Is Going Too Far

July 04, 2012

2012 Mazda Mazda3

I understand that concerns over safety and litigation have prompted most automakers to lock out the major features on their factory navigation systems while the car is in motion. Not saying I like it, but I get it. But Mazda has taken it one small step too far in my opinionated opinion.

A couple nights ago, I entered an address into the car's nav system and set off on my commute. When the nav lady repeatedly advised me to exit on surface streets that were 25 miles from my destination, I realized a previous driver must have set the route preferences to avoid freeways. So I clicked the steering-wheel controller a couple times to get to the options menu to change it...

... But Mazda doesn't allow you to change the route preferences from "Avoid" to "Prefer" while the car is moving. It's a holiday week here, so traffic is relatively light (not complaining about that) and I never came to a stop on the freeway.

As the continual voice prompts to exit grew annoying (had a Dodgers game going on the radio), I ended up cancelling guidance on the nav system and using other navigation tools, which could have included my phone, the iOS Mapquest app and a closed course.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 11,899 miles

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