2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Is This Nav System Any Better Than a Phone?

July 30, 2010


That's the question that pops into my head every time I see the navigation screen in the Mazdaspeed 3. It's so small and distant looking the way it's buried in the dashboard. I don't have an iPhone, but even a regular ol' cellphone seems as easy to use and readable as the Mazda's setup.

Then again, the issue of in-car navigation in general is only getting more blurred as external devices improve their capabilities and reduce their cost. Wonder how long it will take for manufacturers to get rid of them altogether in favor of freeing up dashboard space?

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com @ 14,376 miles

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