2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test


2010 Mazdaspeed 3: This Space Reserved

August 02, 2010

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Erin let me borrow her long-term 2010 Mazdaspeed3 for the weekend and I noticed that on the switchpod to the left of the steering wheel there are a lot of blank switches. There's 3 blank switches surrounding the stability control (DSC) defeat switch, and a big blank switch to the right of that.

My curious point is that this isn't some base-level luxury car with only a few of the gazillion options available. Our MS3 is well-equipped and doesn't have too many possible options that would be controlled by switches in that location.

I can't imagine what Mazda is saving those switches for. The Cruise master switch is off of the steering wheel, and Adaptive Cruise (ACC) and swiveling headlamps (AFS) aren't available on the MS3. Hmmmm.

What in the world are they saving those switches for? An export market perhaps?

I'll dig a little and see if I can solve this...unless you Mazda fanbois know the answers.

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 14,500 miles

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