Easy Off But Tucked Away - 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Easy Off But Tucked Away

October 25, 2010

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Like Senor Jacquot, one of the first things I do when I get in most cars is turn off the nanny nonsense. And as in the Z06, doing so in our longterm 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 requires but one quick touch of the 'DSC Off' button.

I dig that.

The indicator light is a little shy, though.

Those little magic words 'DSC Off' are tucked away on the opposite side of the instrument cluster from the button. Heck, they're not even located in the cluster. Instead the indicator is banished to the no-man's land with the forlorn trip reset buton. Weird! If you have your right hand on the steering wheel, you could easily miss it.

No big deal at all. Just strange that it's so inconspicuously located what with the OEMs' increasingly conservative nature regarding anything remotely litigious these days.

In the not-so-far future, all such alerts -- assuming that we drivers will be allowed to actually (gasp!) deactivate the nannies -- will be in 72-point font and accompanied by strobe lights and a hologram of the Lost in Space robot frantically dangling his arms and admonishing, "Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!"

Kind of like the GTI already does, come to think of it...

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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