2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazdaspeed 3: A Moment of Clarity

November 23, 2010


A while back I noted that our Mazdaspeed 3's navigation screen lacked contrast at night. At the time, I couldn't find an adjustment for brightness/contrast, only a night and day setting. I was stuck in stop and go traffic last night and while stationary, I found the elusive brightness/contrast sliders in the information preferences menu, not under the nav menus. Adjusting the screen for night driving, however, isn't as intuitive as I thought.


That adjustment isn't selectable, nor is it even visible, when the car is moving. Once you get to that menu, though, it'll remain active if you start moving again. I figured that cranking the brightness and contrast slider to the maximum would be the best, but not so. As seen in the before and after animation above, the contrast needed to be set to the minimum value. In person, the screen is much more legible -- I didn't want to adjust my camera's exposure to reduce some of that screen burn.

So there it is, problem solved.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor

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