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deal1234321 wrote:
Dec 1st, 2018 4:47 pm
Is it just me or the backseat room seems really cramped? This guy in the video doesn't seem very tall and he's almost touching the back of the front seat.
Backseat is an afterthought in Mazda3s.
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Supercooled wrote:
Dec 2nd, 2018 7:41 am
That guy from Redline isn't 186cm. Isnt' that like 6'+? He is 5'7 at best and 5'4 at worst.
Ah yes, sorry I mixed him up with the German guy who did a similar video.

I'm 6' tall and can sit behind myself comfortably in my Gen3 Madza3 though.
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Talamasca wrote:
Dec 2nd, 2018 9:58 am
Ah yes, sorry I mixed him up with the German guy who did a similar video.

I'm 6' tall and can sit behind myself comfortably in my Gen3 Madza3 though.
I am fine as well in my Gen3 and I doubt it would be less since they increased the wheelbase length by 1". Headroom might change depending on the roof slope and if you have a sunroof.
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it def looks tight esp the hatch with the sloping roof, built for smaller Asian physique typical of many subcompacts from a Japanese marque

fine for hauling kids but probably not for adults in the back on the regular
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Confirmed that the height in the back seat is slightly less with the new Hatchback.

https://www.goauto.com.au/news/mazda/ma ... 76685.html
While Mazda is yet to confirm interior dimensions and cargo capacity for the new Mazda3, Mr Tsuchida said the hatch’s new roofline has meant a loss of 2cm of rear headroom and the cargo capacity is also slightly down, while the sedan’s boot space is up.
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From the same article Mazda comments on why they went with a less utilitarian design for the hatchback.
Mr Tsuchida said the company went for a sporty look for the hatch, knowing that some dimensions might be impacted, in a bid to try and stand apart from the influx of small SUVs that are impacting small hatchback sales globally.

“Even in Europe, the small crossover (sales) volume is more than hatchbacks. The price is the same and packaging is the same. The only difference is the ride height.

“Since the small crossover is a new trend recently, that’s why we need to have a unique and good weapon as a hatchback as we can’t win over small crossover models.”
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hoodlum wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2018 4:04 pm
From the same article Mazda comments on why they went with a less utilitarian design for the hatchback.
I suspect the great majority aren't going to care what their philosophy is behind the design. It's all about how it makes us feel when we look at it and to me at least it looks unfinished and having a bit of a identity crisis. This is a step back, imo. Kind of reminds me of old actors who have plastic surgery and they look plastic and unnaturally weird.

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why does it look unfinished?
because the interior is simple/minimalistic?
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You know how some car design look too busy? This is the antonym of that.
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so what do you need that's not there? i hate overly-busy interiors, they age like shit, and more items to break.
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I don't need anything just not something that looks like Keanu Reeves without eye brows after he wakes up in the matrix. I see that when I look at the hatchback. It's a set the hell out of me. Looks alien.
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so it's not your taste
has nothing to do with 'looking unfinished'
it's not the most welcoming interior i've seen but it looks pretty functional, so it might work for me
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twitchyzero wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 11:47 pm
so it's not your taste
has nothing to do with 'looking unfinished'
it's not the most welcoming interior i've seen but it looks pretty functional, so it might work for me

You directed your querie at me after I stated the design looked unfinished (to me /imo) did you not?

I replied honestly. I don't see the confusion.

You may very be right if this catches on May be more manufacturers will adopt this minimalism with future designs. I.e Mercedes and other luxury brands incorporating vent controls into the design rather than having separate dials. Hidden in plain sight as it were.
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It looks like the Mazda3 has an unusual 3-way front speaker setup for all trims.

ALL-NEW MAZDA3: 2018 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW PRESS INFORMATION
Mazda conducted a series of new studies into how sounds are transmitted through a car’s cabin. This led to more efficiently improving sound quality by placing the bass speakers in the corners where the sound is amplified. To avoid the tonal quality of mid- to high-frequency sounds from being affected by reflected sounds, the other speakers were positioned on the left and right sail garnish and upper sections of the door trim where the sound is transmitted directly toward the occupant’s ears. This creates a more natural sensation to distinguishing the sound’s point of origin and enhances the depth and clarity of that sound.

The 8-speaker standard audio system uses a 3-way layout, with 3L woofers positioned on the sides of the front cowl, a pair of 2.5cm speakers (sic) on the sail garnish and 8cm speakers (sic) on the upper section of the front and rear door trim. The 12-speaker Bose®sound system adds an 8cm center speaker, a pair of rear satellite speakers, and a subwoofer. It also features custom tuning to provide more powerful bass and higher audio quality.
Mazda3 Boss Has an Unusual Favorite Feature
This major audio-system component is now located at the A-pillar’s base on the cowl side. “And why did we do that?” asked Beppu. He said normal low-frequency speakers are located in the door panels of most cars, “But what we’ve found out is… it’s very difficult to get the good-quality sound of the bass to the passengers.” So, that’s why it’s in such an unusual place.

Visualizing its location, the bass speaker is tucked into a cavity just underneath the fender and behind the front wheel. It can’t be seen without some disassembly, “But thanks to that we’ve been able to drastically improve the dynamic range of the sound system,” said Beppu.

Engineers also carefully placed the new Mazda3’s high-frequency tweeters, placing them at the base of the A-pillars, aimed directly at the driver. Beppu said that high frequencies have very low amplitude and, “If you reflect it off some surface there’s diffraction, meaning that you lose a lot of the energy… and therefore you lose the clarity of the high frequency.
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lordnikon wrote:
Dec 31st, 2018 9:11 pm
The only thing that puts me off is the torsion beam rear suspension.

I was sitting at the back of a Toyota Matrix and wow it was crashy and uncomfortable.
The Germans like MB are using torsion beam now as well

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