2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Get Rid of This Red Dot Trim

November 20, 2009

CotW_05.jpgMazdaspeed 3 seats

Pictured is the standard upholstery found in the Mazdaspeed3. Below you'll find the standard door trim and dash trim found in the Mazdaspeed3. It's all a weird dot-matrixy wave pattern in red -- and I don't like it. I think it looks cheap and tacky.

Contrast these to the old Mazdaspeed 3 seats. Were they especially visually interesting? No, but they were two-tone, didn't look tacky and frankly seemed to be of a higher quality. Perhaps the rest of the interior could've been spruced up a bit, but not with weird dot-matrixy red stuff.

The real problem is, this trim is mandatory. There is no upgraded upholstery or a different color scheme. Even if you get it in Celestial Blue Mica, you get a black and red dot matrixy interior. There should be a way to avoid this stuff, just as you can with the GTI's plaid (which I love, so I wouldn't) or the Mini's grey/black leatherette.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 3,223 miles

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Mazdaspeed 3 door trim

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