2014 Mazda 3: Useful Cargo Space, Sort of
May 20, 2014
Last week, I had a few big boxes to ship with long, fragile car parts inside. Both boxes were 70 inches long by 12 inches high and 12 inches wide and I needed something to haul them in. So when the sign-out sheet came around and our long-term 2014 Mazda 3 hatchback was available, I thought, "Perfect, a hatchback. That'll haul my stuff." Getting the boxes to fit though, wasn't as easy as I expected.
I folded the passenger side of the rear seat down and slid the first box in. Nope. The boxes stuck out over the bumper. Try again. I folded the other side of the rear seat down and moved the boxes so they were diagonal. My middle-school algebra tells me this is a longer distance. Not long enough though. Try again.
There were only a couple of inches left hanging out of the rear so I went up front and moved the passenger seat as far forward as it would go. This gave me enough space for my cargo, but only just, and zero room for passengers. Hatchbacks are generally better at hauling taller cargo than their sedan siblings, but in this case a big enough trunk pass-through would've probably gotten the job done too.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor