What Does This Button Do? - 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Long-Term Road Test

2010 Mazdaspeed 3: What Does This Button Do?

November 24, 2009

Mazdaspeed3 Trunk Button

OK class, tell me, what does this button do?

If you said "Well Mr. Riswick, it is the Advanced Keyless System's trunk-mounted lock/unlock button" you would be completely wrong. Nope, that's what the below button does.

Mazdaspeed3 Keyless Ignition/Entry Trunk Button

Instead, the top button is essentially the trunk's latch. The old Mazda 3 had the usual pull handle under that indentation where you naturally grab the liftgate and pull it up. You could do it in one motion. On the new car, you must press the button, then move your hand down to the grab point -- unless, of course, you have giant long alien hands and can still do it in one motion. You also now have that silly dot in the middle of the trunk.

I just don't get it.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 3,300 miles

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