The 2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 is very similar to its siblings in the Mazda3 lineup when it comes to interior utility and quality levels, which is to say that it has been upgraded significantly from the previous generation.
Drivers in the new MazdaSpeed3 will be treated to a comfortable and sporty cabin, which features equally comfortable and sporty seats. Popular Mechanics notes that the “seats have extra bolstering” to help keep you in place during hard driving maneuvers. While performance driving is a definite weekend possibility in the 2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3, the vast majority of time spent in the car will likely be during commutes. With that in mind, Mazda has installed a pair of supportive front seats, which Motor Trend says “proved plenty comfortable on our 350-mile drive” in the MazdaSpeed3. The rear seats don’t fare quite so well, however, with ConsumerGuide contending that “the bench is…a bit too firm for ideal comfort” and “legroom and knee clearance are adequate for a 5-foot-8 adult sitting behind another of the same height,” but anything beyond that will leave you cramped.
As a five-door hatchback, versatility and utility are the name of the game for the 2010 Mazda Mazda3. The MazdaSpeed3 gets all that same utility, including “storage space” that Motor Trend says “grows slightly over its predecessor, to 17.0 cu ft.” Those at Popular Mechanics “appreciate the amazingly versatile five-door hatch,” while ConsumerGuide finds that “interior storage is decent, with a decent-sized center console box, and average-sized glovebox and door pockets.”
With a base price hovering just below $24,000, the MazdaSpeed3 might be forgiven for sporting a few subpar materials in the cabin. However, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that Mazda doesn't settle for merely passable on the 2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3. Rather, they imbue the MazdaSpeed3 with what Motor Trend calls a “more refined” interior “without feeling as if it appeals to an older crowd.” ConsumerGuide credits the numerous “textured and padded surfaces” that “abound” inside the MazdaSpeed3, and adds that “the cloth and leather upholstery look and feel high end.”
The 2010 Mazda MazdaSpeed3 is by no means luxury-sedan-quiet, but it is more hushed than before. Motor Trend claims that “it seems as if the interior has been treated to sound deadening and benefits from less unwanted noise inside.” ConsumerGuide agrees, finding that “wind noise is well suppressed” overall, though the open cargo area in the back can generate some noise.