2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Interior Storage
May 27, 2010
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?
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.
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.
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