What Is That Thing? - 2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3 Long Term Road Test

2012 Mazda Mazda3: What Is That Thing?

February 22, 2012

2012 Mazda Mazda3

There's an intriguing little plastic door to the left of the navigation screen in our Mazda 3. It's right in front of the driver's face so it must be important, right?

Here is what's underneath:


2012 Mazda Mazda3

It's a funny looking setup. We assumed it must be something to do with how you update the navigation maps. But there is no visible card slot.

The navigation manual confirms it is indeed how you update the map information. Underneath the plastic cover, there is another cover that you slide out of the way. You can't see a card slot until you get past the second door. There you will find the SD card of the nav map data. You simply swap SD cards and close everything back up. You can get the latest card from a Mazda dealer.

Sounds easy enough, but does it have to be in front of the driver instead of hidden somewhere less conspicuous?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 5,625 miles


  • nxtiak nxtiak Posts:

    Pop the cover off, see the little indentation? That's the door grab, slide it to the left to open the door.

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