2014 Mazda 3: Storage Space?
September 19, 2014
The subject of this update is about the lack of storage spaces around the driver's seat in the 2014 Mazda 3. But since a photo proving my point is so dull, I'm putting up this more entertaining shot of the very beginning of U.S. Route 6 in Bishop, Calif., which stretches to the tip of Cape Cod. You may also be amazed and interested to learn that Route 6 is also known as the "Grand Army of the Republic Highway" in honor of Civil War Veterans.
Now, back to the topic at hand.
The Mazda 3 is a great car, fun to drive and gets good fuel economy. But when I slide into the driver seat I usually need to stow my wallet, cell phone and also my regular glasses since I like to don my shades. These items don't fit easily in the center area, even though there is a small place with a little rubber pad to keep the stuff from sliding around.
Most carmakers have created a door panel storage area. Not the Mazda 3. Instead, it is a strange space that is half cupholder, half storage area and pretty useless. There are already two cupholders in the center console so what does this one accomplish?
Like I say, it's a small thing. But sometimes, when a car is so good, you really want to find something to knock just to let people know you're paying attention.
Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 13,831 miles