2014 Mazda 3: Adaptive Bi-Xenon HID
September 18, 2014
Driving around the city in the 2014 Mazda 3 it's easy to forget how sophisticated the bi-xenon HID lighting system is. But when I was driving down a mountain road near Lone Pine, Calif., it showed how both the directional capability and the leveling feature work together to provide a crisp, clear — and safe — picture of the road ahead.
At first, the moving beams caught me by surprise, as if my eyes were getting jumpy. Then, I grew to like the way that turning the steering wheel gives you a picture of where you want to go, not what you don't want to drive into. The auto-level feature is designed to adjust to road conditions as well as leveling when passengers and cargo are added.
I can't provide a price tag for the adaptive bi-xenon HIDs since they came standard on the S Five-Door Grand Touring along with some other premium goodies. However, if you live in the mountains, or do a lot driving in the country at night, this is a tech feature that is well worth having.
Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 13,495 miles