2014 Mazda MAZDA3 S Long-Term Road Test

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image2014 Mazda MAZDA3 S Long-Term Road Test

Our 2014 Mazda 3 S comes with a standard heads-up display that puts speed and navigation instructions in easy sight of the driver.

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  • seppoboyseppoboy Member Posts: 93
    So the only speedometer on the Mazda 3 is a digital display on the dash, and the HUD? That's disappointing, I really dislike digital speedometers, analog is much easier for me to easily interpret. Then again, manual transmission not available with the 2.5 and more upscale content, but that's becoming nearly universal these days, if stick is offered at all. Nice car in many ways, though. Still waiting for somebody to put together the complete package that aligns with my own preferences.
  • robs249_robs249_ Member Posts: 42
    Then get the i Grand Touring which has the 2.0 engine and an analog speedometer with a digital tach to the left.
  • bassrockerxbassrockerx Member Posts: 24
    good thing its standard equipemnt because that is a waste of money to pay extra for
  • pezzy669pezzy669 Member Posts: 4
    I have had my '14 sGT since Nov and it took me a few days to get used to the HUD but now I miss it when I drive a car without. Lane and distance guidance for the next turn readouts are incredibly helpful, yes the display can display 9 lanes (that I have witnessed) and which lanes you need to be in with 100% accuracy.

    Be warned my infotainment has been riddled with bugs and the one update I had done made my system worse. Also Mazda is refusing to pull a Ford and send updates out via USB stick, instead its a 1.5 hour dealer visit for every update.

    I love my '14 3 and my previous '10 3, however the infotainment system in my '14 is souring my loyalty to Mazda at an increasingly rapid pace.
  • guy1974guy1974 Member Posts: 119
    Sorry the updates are souring you on Mazda. There shouldn`t need to be too many, then you can enjoy many years of fun driving. So relax with the inconvenience which sometimes comes from buying a first model year car.
  • cromagnum_mancromagnum_man Member Posts: 54
    I'm surprised the screen is motorized intead of in a fixed position. Seems to make it overly complex.
  • hank39hank39 Tallahassee, FLMember Posts: 144
    Is there an option to not have the HUD screen fold up if desired?
  • legacygtlegacygt Member Posts: 599
    I wonder why they have it fold down at all. Unless there's an option to keep it down while driving. Otherwise seems like a good implementation with the adjustable position. And I really like the navigation and lane information option. However, I prefer an analog speedometer.
  • allthingshondaallthingshonda Member Posts: 878
    The HUD is a great idea but why isn't it projected on the windshield instead of the fold down thingy? I like digital speedos and I think that the all digital IP (think Tesla and other luxury cars) are the best and probably the future. And all the people who say that analog is easier to read how do you know the exact speed when most analog systems are in 5 or 10 mph increments? You may know you are between 70 and 75 but with digital it will say exactly how fast you are going.
  • glossgloss Member Posts: 150
    @allthingshonda It's for repair purposes, I believe. No special windshield needed, which reduces windshield replacement costs.
  • jlh3jlh3 Member Posts: 14
    Yeah I don't think just any windshield can display a HUD projection. THe glass needs to meet a certain clarity and brightness standard if I recall. The way mazda did it probably makes it cheaper.
  • fordson1fordson1 Unconfirmed Posts: 1,512
    Analog gauges and digital readouts both can display speed, but analog gauges with a needle sweeping across a dial show RATE of increase and decrease in speed in a way that's much easier for the brain to understand than a bunch of digits flashing by in a window.
  • actualsizeactualsize Santa Ana, CaliforniaMember Posts: 451
    The HUD-equipped cars have a big central tachometer with a digital speed readout inside. The HUD is a supplement, not the primary speedo. In fact, the speed numeral temporarily disappear to make way for certain navigation cues, particularly those that show which lanes you can be in (and which to avoid) to make a successful freeway transmission.

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  • legacygtlegacygt Member Posts: 599
    Just saw some interior photos of a manual equipped Mazda 3. Lower trim level so no HUD. But, the large center tach is replaced by a large center speedometer (analog only) with a small simulated tach on the screen to the left. What's the rationale here? If any version is going to have a large center tach it should be the manual. And why do lower trim levels get an one analog speedometer while higher trim levels get two digital speedometers. It seems like there wasn't a lot of though put in here other than the idea that higher trim levels get the fancier tech. Fine, but there should be some logic behind it as well.
  • jrsfjrsf San FranciscoMember Posts: 10
    My partner has a 2010 Mazda 3 GT, and the rear suspension noises are about to drive me insane (nobody can find the rear stabilizer bar rattle I have read a LOT about). Too soon to find out if this model is similarly plagued? I like this upgraded model, but there seems to be a lot of wasted space in the IP, regardless of trim level. Are those side screens really that blank all the time? I also wish Mazda would standardize its interior displays--the center "tablet" thing looks like it has small pixel displays (nice), but the IP and HVAC look like they're the same digital clock readouts from 1981 that they refuse to relinquish. Can we get a screen shot of the HUD showing a nav command? I can't find that anywhere.
  • allthingshondaallthingshonda Member Posts: 878
    @fordson1, the brain calculates rate of acceleration and deceleration better by feel, sound and sight. If you have kids you know that even they know when you're driving aggressively and fast because they think it's fun (and it is). And you'll need some
  • fordson1fordson1 Unconfirmed Posts: 1,512
    Never mentioned accelerating hard. It's easier for example if you decide to accelerate to 60 mph (say you're in a 55 mph zone) to ease the needle up to the 60 mark on a dial speedo than to get the numbers zipping by to slow down the rate at which they zip by on a digital speedo, so that you ease up smoothly to your chosen speed. Or down to your chosen speed. The cognitive process is so much simpler.
  • trarmstrong86trarmstrong86 Member Posts: 46
    Gimicky. I'm all for a good instrument panel in order to help keep your eyes on the road, but rather than have a traditional speedometer/tachometer duo they opted for a flip up plastic screen? What will happen in time when the motor starts to grind or the heat from the sun causes it to warp? Wouldn't it have been far more cost-effective to just incorporate the digital speedometer from the bottom right of the tachometer toward the top section? Or better yet, do as before mentioned and make a traditional instrument panel consisting of both analog displays?
  • trarmstrong86trarmstrong86 Member Posts: 46
    Gimicky. I'm all for a good instrument panel in order to help keep your eyes on the road, but rather than have a traditional speedometer/tachometer duo they opted for a flip up plastic screen? What will happen in time when the motor starts to grind or the heat from the sun causes it to warp? Wouldn't it have been far more cost-effective to just incorporate the digital speedometer from the bottom right of the tachometer toward the top section? Or better yet, do as before mentioned and make a traditional instrument panel consisting of both analog displays?
  • trarmstrong86trarmstrong86 Member Posts: 46
    One more thing... the angle of view for the heads-up display is horrible. You have to constantly adjust it if you shift yourself in your seat in order to see it correctly.
  • trarmstrong86trarmstrong86 Member Posts: 46
    One more thing... the angle of view for the heads-up display is horrible. You have to constantly adjust it if you shift yourself in your seat in order to see it correctly.
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