2014 Mazda 3 S: Heated Seats Stay On
March 12, 2014
Our long-term 2014 Mazda 3 S is a Grand Touring model, which means it has heated seats. And no matter how many times I turned the car on and off this weekend, the heated seats stayed set to their highest level. Just turn the seat heaters on once and leave them that way. If I left them in the middle or lowest setting, that was exactly where they'd be when I returned to the 3.
Despite this nice convenience, our 2014 Mazda 3's seats never seemed to heat up quickly enough. They also seemed a bit underpowered and unable to reach the kind of scorching temperatures I favor.
Setting aside the seat heaters' so-so performance, I like the theory behind heated seats that remain on if you leave them in the "on" position. Much like the climate control in any car, there is a (correct) assumption that the weather probably didn't change in the ten minutes it took you to buy milk so there is no need to reset everything.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 4,197 miles