2010 Mazdaspeed 3: Nighttime Mood
November 19, 2009
This will be the first of many entries about the lighting in our long-term 2010 Mazdaspeed 3. Though it appears there's a lot of red and blue competing for your attention here, it's not at all overwhelming in person. Every dial and control is easy to find, which is critical, since there are a lot of them and since the minimalist navigation controls are all on the steering wheel.
But it goes beyond functionality. Mazda has created a mood with all these lights, and it takes you far away from the car's economy roots. I've never cared for ambient lighting, which seems like a gimmick in most cars, but I like the blue glow of the Mazda's foot wells and door panels. Perhaps it's because I'm already excited about driving this car in the first place.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 3,170 miles