2010 Mazdaspeed 3: The Hatch
September 16, 2010
It's a small detail, I know, but the design of our long-term 2010 Mazdaspeed 3's hatch makes me happy every time I put stuff in it. The access point (where you put your hand) to open it is maybe a little lower than optimal, but the payoff is that the liftgate is a continuous surface unmarred by a utilitarian handle. Closing the hatch is even easier than opening it, as the placement of the interior grab handle and the tuning of the liftgate dampers make it a one-hand, one-step process.
Obviously, it's pretty easy to design a lightweight, ergonomic liftgate on a compact car. And clearly, Mazda had to get this one right since the 3 is also sold in Europe, where everybody drives a hatchback and knows exactly how the tail end of one should work. Even so, the execution of this detail is yet one more endearing quality of the current Mazda 3 line.
Video of the hatch being opened and closed after the jump.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 18,890 miles