2014 Mazda 3 S: Helpful Navigation Feature
February 24, 2014
Our 2014 Mazda 3 Grand Touring has a navigation system that offers the guidance assistance you'd expect. But it offers one related feature that isn't very common, and it does this even when no navigation route has been input, when no actual route guidance is going on.
It points out the name of the upcoming cross-street and displays it at the top of the screen for a few seconds.
This cross-street notification is great for those times when you know where you are in basic terms but would like confirmation that the street you're looking for is coming up. It basically "reads" the street signs to you and displays them as text before you're close enough to see and read them for yourself.
I found this to be pretty handy when I first noticed it, particularly at night, but it's even better than that.
It will display the upcoming cross-street names even when navigation-related screens are not being viewed. The street names pop up at the top edge of ANY of the screens you have selected.
Also, the timing of the street name display is tied into the speed you are travelling. You get more notice at higher speeds than you do when going slow, which gives you the necessary time to react no matter what your speed happens to be.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 3,053 miles