2014 Mazda 3: Yep, Mazda Gets It
September 10, 2014
Want proof Mazda is bent on building cars for enthusiastic drivers, rather than just for those who want to get from A to B? Check out the center-mounted tachometer on the 2014 Mazda 3 S Grand Touring.
Josh Jacquot touched on this back in February. I'm expanding a bit (Josh is a man of few words).
As with Josh, I like Mazda's approach here with a tachometer that's not only large, but perfectly mounted in the center. It further cements the Mazda 3 as a more serious driving machine.
If given the choice between an equally-sized analog speedo/tach combo, or a jumbo analog tach along with a digital speedo, I'll take the last one. While I find analog tachometers the most natural for me, I actually prefer digital speedometers. They're easier to read quickly.
Plus, a center-mounted tachometer looks kinda cool.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 13,028 miles