- Skyactiv technology, engine, and transmission
- Bose audio
- 2 12V outlets- one in the dash, the other in the console
- Auxilary in
- Blind spot monitoring
- Full color LCD screen for navigation provide turn by turn directions and can be operated with steering wheel controls
- Note: no powered USB outlets
- Optional: Sirius Radio
- For more information about the technology inside the Mazda 3i, visit this link.
- Carseat considerations: An infant carrier can be placed in the middle or 2 booster seats can be placed behind the driver and passenger seats. Convertible car seats that start rear facing are most likely to be a tight fit. Buckling the seatbelt around a booster seat was sometimes tricky due to the placement of the buckle. The seating information says there is room for up to 5 adults but I think the 3 in the back seat, or 1 between the two car seats, would be very squished.
- Cupholders are located in the middle armrest
- Backseat riders have continuous audio even when the car’s navigation system is in use because the stereo system mutes the front speakers to provide directions. It’s definitely a nice touch for the kids to have uninterrupted music.
- For a compact car, the Mazda3 seemed to have a roomy trunk and plenty of storage.
- Windows roll all the way down all the way. Oliver appreciated that this allowed for full head out and tongue flapping in the breeze moments. I thought that might make him more likely to jump out of the car in hot pursuit of a threatening squirrel but luckily he did not.
- Black leather interior, yellow haired Lab shedding for the season. You do the math on that one. I apologized profusely for the amount of dog hair left in the vehicle upon return.
- Recent college grad on a budget
- Secondary car for a commuter
- Cool aunt and uncle with no kids
- Family with 1 child
- Family who wants to invest in a safe car now for a child who will inherit it in a few years when they reach driving age
- Nissan Sentra
- Toyota Corolla
- Volkswagen Jetta
- Honda Civic
I received a Mazda M3 I Grand Touring 4 Door for the week as a loan along with a full tank of gas. All opinions are based on the experience of me, my family, and our dog during the time we had the vehicle and were not influenced by Mazda in any way. No compensation was received for this review.
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