2014 Mazda 3: Road Noise
July 14, 2014
I recently hit the road in our long-term 2014 Mazda 3, running it to San Francisco and back for the holiday weekend. And I'm still a fan.
This trip underscored one area where this car really suffers, though.
Road noise (note the title of this entry, after all). On this trip the Mazda 3 exhibited an awful, awful lot of road noise, no matter the pavement. It grew very tiresome, as this trip consisted almost entirely of freeway travel.
Mazda could add sound insulation to the car to mitigate the noise. However, this solution is heavy (and bulky), and this is a car that embraces lightness as a virtue. I like lightness. But the noise has got to go.
Instead, perhaps Mazda could invest in some kind of active noise cancellation feature. You know, those systems that use the audio system already in the car to transmit waveforms that are 180 degrees out of phase from the incoming noise frequencies. Poof, the waves cancel and the noise vanishes. Sure, it's an expensive solution for this vehicle segment, but considering that this is truly the one area that the Mazda 3 falls on its face, it would certainly be welcome.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 9,750 miles