Review of the 2014/2015 Mazda3 MazdaConnect Infotainment System

January 5th, 2016 by

The 2014/2015 Mazda3 MazdaConnect Infotainment System in Depth

The 2015 Mazda3 is loaded with some of the latest in tech features and amenities, and we want to go over the 2014/2015 Mazda3’s MazdaConnect infotainment system and interior features to show you what makes this car so popular among our Bradenton and Memphis drivers. From its easy-to-use controls to its wide range of entertainment settings, it’s easy to see why the MazdaConnect system has helped pushed the Mazda3 to the head of the pack when it comes to features.

Easy-to-Use Controls

Mazda 3 InfotainmentIt can be hard to make sense of a modern infotainment system, especially one that is loaded with buttons to control everything at once; the Mazda3 goes a different route with their 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that just has a few relevant “buttons” to tap on the screen. There are two ways to control:

  • Touchscreen: With the screen within easy reach of the driver, you can just reach up and tap at the screen to take you where you need to go.
  • Rotary Knob: The Mazda3 features a knob that cycles through the icons and has convenient buttons around it that you can use without taking your eyes from the road.

It’s not always easy to go poking at a touchscreen, especially when you need to be paying attention to the road, and Mazda gives you two ways to manage your media and MazdaConnect system.

Communication Features

The 2014/2015 Mazda3 MazdaConnect infotainment system syncs up to smartphones and other devices via Bluetooth, bringing up full access to phone features including:

  • Contacts
  • Favorites
  • Phonebook
  • Email
  • SMS text messaging (when supported by phone)

Make handsfree phone calls, send and receive text messages, and check your email without ever needing to reach for the phone.

Using Navigation

Mazda’s navigation system is intuitive; just enter in the address and it will provide you with possible destinations that match your search (perfect for when you forget whether it’s a street or an avenue you’re headed to). Once your location is set, the system will route you around traffic and construction (no need for a SiriusXM subscription like the competitors, this system uses HD Radio for its traffic info).

An added benefit to MazdaConnect that you wont find on most other systems is that it remembers which screen you were on. If you are halfway into typing out a destination and receive a phone call, you won’t have to restart when you hang up.


The highlight of MazdaConnect, just press the “entertainment” button on the direct access controller or tap it on the touchscreen to bring up the media player. Mazda gives drivers a range of different choices across the bottom of the screen:

  • Audio Sources: USB/Bluetooth/aux/radio/Pandora
  • Root Menu: return to the main menu
  • Song List: return to the album or playlist
  • Repeat: repeat the song or album
  • Shuffle: shuffle the songs on the current list
  • More Like This: finds more music like the current song on your device
  • Forward/Backward/Pause: cycle through songs
  • Sound Settings: configure the bass and treble

The bar along the bottom lets you fast forward or rewind the song by simply dragging a controller across the screen. In order to be as responsive as possible, it caches your media library for quick swiping through artists and albums.

Additional Settings

Like with your smartphone, MazdaConnect does more than just a few things. Additional applications and settings include:

  • HD Radio traffic map
  • Fuel economy monitor
  • Maintenance schedules
  • Warning guidance

There will be even more apps and settings available over time, as Mazda works hard to give you the best infotainment system possible.

See MazdaConnect in Action

We know it can be tough to get a full picture of modern tech features just by reading about them, so let us show you the 2014/2015 Mazda3 MazdaConnect infotainment system and interior features in detail with a test drive. Contact Cox Mazda online or by phone at (888) 260-1691 to schedule your visit – or you can just drop by our dealership at 3101 Cortez Road West in Bradenton.

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