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2014 Mazda Mazda3 S Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mazda 3 S: Helpful Navigation Feature

February 24, 2014

2014 Mazda 3 S

Our 2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring has a navigation system that offers the guidance assistance you'd expect. But it offers one related feature that isn't very common, and it does this even when no navigation route has been input, when no actual route guidance is going on.

It points out the name of the upcoming cross-street and displays it at the top of the screen for a few seconds.

This cross-street notification is great for those times when you know where you are in basic terms but would like confirmation that the street you're looking for is coming up. It basically "reads" the street signs to you and displays them as text before you're close enough to see and read them for yourself.

I found this to be pretty handy when I first noticed it, particularly at night, but it's even better than that.

2014 Mazda 3 S

It will display the upcoming cross-street names even when navigation-related screens are not being viewed. The street names pop up at the top edge of ANY of the screens you have selected.

Also, the timing of the street name display is tied into the speed you are travelling. You get more notice at higher speeds than you do when going slow, which gives you the necessary time to react no matter what your speed happens to be.

Cool beans.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 3,053 miles


Comments

  • caramelo91 caramelo91 Posts:

    Wow that's a pretty cool feature. Especially handy when you are traveling in an area you are unfamiliar with and you can't even focus on the road because you're trying to find street names and signs. Or signs that are covered by trees etc.

  • seppoboy seppoboy Posts:

    OK, count me impressed, as a navigation unit skeptic who has yet to experience nav that doesn't seriously irritate and usually fail to provide any real value. That is a good display and a useful function, good for Mazda, nice job.

  • seppoboy seppoboy Posts:

    OK, that's a worthwhile feature. I'm not a fan of navigation systems, most of them are fussy, frustrating, and of limited usefulness. Mazda has a winner here, this is a genuinely useful and clear display. They seem to have done a lot of good work with the Mazda 3.

  • azsoonerfan azsoonerfan Posts:

    My 6 year old Garmin Nuvi does this. It is a handy feature, but not a new one.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Yeah my old Garmin does this too.

  • nutellapr nutellapr Posts:

    I have speed warnings and red light radar warnings turned on and it's great especially when driving in unfamiliar areas. I understand if tethered to wifi it will also download radar hot spots.

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