Mazda 3 now standard with Bluetooth, USB; MPS gains black highlights

Mazda has finally made Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, as well as an iPod-compatible USB port, standard throughout the entire Mazda 3 range.

A USB port has been added, at long last, to the most popular car in the country, while Bluetooth is now fitted gratis to the entry-level Neo — it was previously a standard fitment on all other models. Both of these additional features don’t add to the car’s sticker price.

The USB port is compatible with iOS (iPhone, iPod, iPad) devices and USB memory sticks. Tracks can be selected via the either audio controls or steering wheel buttons, while all track information is displayed on the central LCD screen.

The turbocharged MPS sports hatch has been given a minor styling tweak, with the wing mirrors, rear spoiler and the lower portion of the rear bumper now painted in black mica paint. The alloy wheels have been changed from silver to dark metallic, and the aerial is now in the shape of a discreet shark fin. Again these changes see no movement in the car’s price.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]