2014 Mazda3 Top 10 Interior
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Mazda3 has received yet another honor from one of the industry’s most influential sources. Ward’s AutoWorld is one of the industry’s longest running trade magazines, and the organization routinely releases lists of the day’s top performing automobiles. Ward’s recently geared one of their lists toward the best available auto experience inside the doors, and that list granted the 2014 Mazda3 “Top 10 Interior” status.
As the third-gen interpretation of Mazda’s compact sedan, the 2014 Mazda3 was designed to truly optimize the human-machine interface—or HMI. That process looks to harmonize a variety of factors, including ergonomics, functionality, and safety. The actual design value of a vehicle’s HMI is incredibly important as well, and the 2014 Mazda3 Top 10 Interior puts its best foot forward in each of those categories.
With respect to aesthetics and design quality, the interior of the 2014 Mazda3 is noticeably less busy than many of the technologically advanced vehicles on the road today. In fact, the recognition as a top vehicle interior is rightly understood as a product of Mazda3’s clean and minimalistic design. Just because the design is tastefully minimalistic does not mean that the car is light on features, however.
As mentioned above, function, ergonomics, and safety are top priorities for any interior design team. Perhaps no feature succeeds more in supplying all of those qualities than the Commander Control Dial at work in the 2014 Mazda3 Top 10 Interior. The clip above shows how the control dial is ergonomically crafted to match the design of the human hand. Working in tandem with the vehicle’s elevated infotainment screen, the dial also allows drivers to maneuver navigation and audio functions without taking their eyes off the road.