2014 Mazda Mazda3 S Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mazda 3 S: Steering Wheel Controls

February 21, 2014

2014 Mazda 3 S

When I really like a long-termer, I inevitably revert to nitpicking the little things because everything else works great. File this one under nitpicking.

I'm not a fan of the button layout in our Mazda 3. I realize this doesn't even qualify for first-world problems, but hear me out.

I wish they had swapped places for the info and track-skip buttons. I'm a compulsive track skipper, especially when I'm shuffling through my music collection. I use those buttons way more often than I do the info buttons, which scroll through the various trip computer menus in the instrument panel.

2014 Mazda 3 S

In order to skip forward, I need to stretch my thumb over and up to hit the button. Oh, the humanity! But let's also face it, from a design layout it makes more sense to group volume and skip buttons together, no?

All right, that's the end of my petty rant. I'll go back to complaining that my cleaning lady misplaced one of my caviar spoons (seriously, she did!).

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 2,548 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Mazda Mazda3 in VA is:

$135 per month*
* Explanation