2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test


2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Interior Storage

May 27, 2010

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Back in April editor Mark Takahashi wrote how he didn't think too highly of the Mazdaspeed 3's interior design, specifically the red dot fabric that reminds him of a '90s Nike workout shirt. Can't disagree with that; it's a bit silly. On to more practical matters, though -- the Mazda has a lot amount of storage bins for your stuff. Some long-term cars we've had were really bad in this regard, with the 2006 Pontiac Solstice being the most memorable in my mind. Our 2009 Honda Fit Sport, in contrast, had a lot of nooks for your modern-day bits. So, cell phones, bottles, iPods -- where does it all fit in the Mazdaspeed 3?

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Front door bin, driver-side dash slot and center dash slot. The driver-side slot is pretty good for a wallet. The center slot ahead of the shifter (with the "no smoking!" sticker) isn't as useful, but occasionally I've thrown the MS3's key in here.

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Front cupholders, center console and glove box. My phone typically ends up in one of the cupholders. The center console has a removable upper tray that also slides a bit. This is also where the second power point and auxiliary audio jack are. The glove box is two-tiered -- you can't see the owner's manual in the picture, but it's in the upper and deeper slot.

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Sunglasses holder, rear door bins and rear passenger-side map pocket. Nothing fancy here, but they work. There are also cupholders in the rear pull-down armrest.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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