2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Navigation Woes
February 16, 2010
Note the size of the Mazdaspeed 3's navigation screen (also a Multi Info Display) relative to the vast expanse of dashboard which surrounds it. This is an issue...
Sized only 2.25 in. x 3.5 in. this is among the smallest (if not the smallest) nav screens found in any car sold today. Bottom line? It's just too small. The problem is amplified by the fact that it's so far away (see top image for perspective).
Mazda's logic when developing this small screen was that it would be able to offer the system at a lower cost of entry than many of its full-sized competitors. And in the standard Mazda 3 it succeeded by making it a $1,195 option. It is a fully functional system which allows scrolling (see above image) and other features, but any interface is made difficult by its size and distance from the driver.
In the Mazdaspeed 3, however, it's available only as part of the Tech Package which costs $1,895 and includes premium audio and keyless entry. And for that kind of green, I'll buy a Garmin.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Road Test Editor