2012 Mazda 3: U Have to Be Kidding
December 16, 2011
I was lucky enough to have our new Mazda 3 for the last couple days, and can tell you that its virtues are legion. But -- at the risk of getting off on the wrong foot with the car -- it's missing what I've come to think of as an essential: a USB port.
My husband and I discovered this when were carpooling yesterday and running late. His iPhone wasn't fully charged. We assumed that there would be a connection in the Mazda 3. We looked for it in the usual places: on the dash, in the glove box, and finally, in the storage console. That's where we found an auxiliary jack and an accessory socket. But no USB port. And so no charging for us.
I went through the manual this morning to be sure I hadn't missed something And at Mike Magrath's behest, our Mazda subject-matter expert did a big of digging too. USB absence confirmed. The Mazda 3 does have Bluetooth audio. But as the perspicacious Mr. Magrath points out, that's no help for people who want to play their iPods in the car. Or for anyone who wants to charge a device, which is pretty much everybody these days.
I know there's no dearth of aftermarket solutions for smartphone or iPod charging. But come on, Mazda. It's nearly 2012. Why not ditch the CD player (this century's eight-track) and give us the built-in USB connection we really need?
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 2,850 miles.