2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Here, Let Me Fix That For You

September 21, 2010

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As mentioned a few months ago by my esteemed colleague Ms Riches, there's a lot going on with our longterm 2010 Mazdaspeed 3's cruise control interface, which in turn makes for a busy steering wheel.

I don't find the Mazdaspeed's cruise especially difficult to use, but it is unnecessarily button-y. So let's take care of that.

First off, there is absolutely no need at all under any circumstance to have an "on/off" button for the cruise, never mind two buttons to achieve it. Just leave it "on" all the time like some other automakers do. Why would anyone ever turn it off? Drivers that don't want to cruise will continue to not press "set." Easy solution.

Not only that but the Mazdaspeed (as do certain other automakers' cars) defaults to "off" at every key cycle, which just drives me batty. Freakin' overly paranoid lawyers...

Second -- the "resume" and "set +" functions can be combined into a single button. There, we just got rid of another button. While we're revising things, let's convert the raised nub on the "set -" button to a concave dimple like Erin noted. Good suggestion, Erin. I'll keep you in mind at Christmas.

So, here, let me fix that for you, Mazda:

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Bam! Just like that, a blanking plate, three buttons and associated wires, connectors and electrons gone. Far less clutter and nonsense. And look at all that cost savings.

Please, Mazda, there's no need to send me a check -- instead put the funds towards a RevoKnuckle style front suspension to get rid of some of the torque steer.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 19,331 miles.

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