2022 Mazda 3 Sedan Interior and Cargo

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2022 Mazda 3 Sedan Interior

If anything, the interior is even more appealing than the exterior, and for the same reasons. Mazda managed to find that perfect balance between the ultimate expression of minimalism while still retaining easy access to the features the driver and passengers use the most. The material quality is sublime and Mazda's current line-up continues to give the premium German trio and their exorbitant prices something to think about. The seats are comfortable across the range and clad in perforated leather on high-spec models, and visibility in the sedan is better than the hatch thanks to a more conventionally shaped C-pillar.

Standard spec is generous across the line-up, with all models getting air conditioning (dual-zone climate control higher up), remote keyless entry with push-button start, and an 8.8-inch center display.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Mazda 3 Sedan seats 5 occupants, but it isn't the most spacious in the segment. Front passengers get 42.3 inches of legroom and 38 inches of headroom. Rear passengers are a bit more cramped with 35.1 inches of legroom and 37.2 inches of headroom. Models fitted with a sunroof decrease the headroom to 37.6 and 36.7 inches, respectively. While there is enough space for four average adults to get comfortable in the back, six-footers will struggle with the rear legroom. Both the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla provide more space, which means the Mazda 3 is slightly below par in this segment.

2022 Mazda 3 Sedan Interior Dimensions:

Mazda 3 Sedan Trims2.02.5 SSelectPreferredCarbon EditionPremium2.5 Turbo2.5 Turbo Premium Plus
Seating55555555
Headroom Front Seat38 in.38 in.38 in.37.6 in.37.6 in.37.6 in.37.6 in.37.6 in.
Headroom Back Seat37.3 in.37.3 in.37.3 in.36.7 in.36.7 in.36.7 in.36.7 in.36.7 in.
Legroom Front Seat42.3 in.42.3 in.42.3 in.42.3 in.42.3 in.42.3 in.42.3 in.42.3 in.
Legroom Back Seat35.1 in.35.1 in.35.1 in.35.1 in.35.1 in.35.1 in.35.1 in.35.1 in.
Shoulder Room Front55.7 in.55.7 in.55.7 in.55.7 in.55.7 in.55.7 in.55.7 in.55.7 in.
Shoulder Room Rear53.5 in.53.5 in.53.5 in.53.5 in.53.5 in.53.5 in.53.5 in.53.5 in.
Hip Room, Front54.6 in.54.6 in.54.6 in.54.6 in.54.6 in.54.6 in.54.6 in.54.6 in.
Hip Room, Rear50.9 in.50.9 in.50.9 in.50.9 in.50.9 in.50.9 in.50.9 in.50.9 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

The type of materials may vary, but the quality doesn't - it's all exceptional no matter which trim you look at. The base 2.0 and 2.5 S come standard with black cloth sport seats. Black leatherette is standard on Select and Preferred trim, but the latter also has access to a new color called Greige. The 2.5 Turbo mimics this. Premium and 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus models get high-quality genuine leather in either black or white. In Premium models, the dash is also covered in leather, with a central strip matching the seats while the upper and lower sections remain black. The trim is simple, with a decorative aluminum accent strip running the width of the dash.

2022 Mazda 3 Sedan Trunk and Cargo Space

Mazda's 3 Sedan is merely average in this department. While the trunk is quite broad and low to the ground, it only offers 13.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The Honda Civic Sedan has 15.1 cubes, while the Mazda's hatch sibling provides a full 20.1 cubes. If cargo capacity is a significant concern, you'd be better off in the hatch. The rear seats do fold flat in a 60/40 split, but getaways with the whole family will require careful planning.

Interior storage is equally unremarkable. In keeping things minimal, Mazda forgot to add a few helpful storage spaces. It comes with dual cupholders up front and a small storage space underneath the center armrest. The door pockets are ample but unremarkable, and in the back, the rear center seatback folds forward for an armrest with extra cupholders.

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2022 Mazda 3 Sedan Cargo Dimensions:

Mazda 3 Sedan Trims2.02.5 SSelectPreferredCarbon EditionPremium2.5 Turbo2.5 Turbo Premium Plus
Trunk Volume13.2 cu. ft.13.2 cu. ft.13.2 cu. ft.13.2 cu. ft.13.2 cu. ft.13.2 cu. ft.13.2 cu. ft.13.2 cu. ft.

2022 Mazda 3 Sedan Infotainment and Features

Features

Since Mazda mixed the 3 range up a bit, the standard features list now looks different from last year. The two base models (2.0 and 2.5 S) get manual air-conditioning, remote keyless entry with push-button start, and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise control switches. Dual-zone climate control and Mazda's advanced keyless entry system are only standard from Select trim while heated front seats with power adjustment only come into play from the Preferred. From the 2.5 Turbo, a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror and heated steering wheel are equipped, while if you're looking for a head-up display, it's only found on the Premium and the two turbo models.

Safety specification remains generous, however. All models come as standard with smart brake support, lane departure warning, lane departure assist, radar cruise control with stop & go, driver attention alert, tire pressure monitoring, and high-beam control. Select models upward also get blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and traffic sign recognition for the full i-Activsense experience.

Infotainment

All models are equipped with an 8.8-inch center display without touch functionality. The base model comes with two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, HD Radio, voice command, and Pandora integration. An eight-speaker sound system is standard. One step up from that is the full-color display with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration in the 2.5S, but it's not until the Premium that you start to see the full breadth of ability on offer with SiriusXM satellite radio, a 12-speaker Bose sound system, navigation, and flashy aluminum speaker grilles. The 2.5 Turbo misses out on built-in nav.

Since the screen isn't touch-compatible anymore, the infotainment has to be controlled via a rotary control located between the seats. It's easy enough to learn but annoying since Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were both designed with touch functionality in mind. Thankfully, Mazda includes a few shortcut buttons for volume and skipping songs next to the primary controller.

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