A well-designed exterior on a car is beautiful thing, but let’s face it, the majority of the time spent with your car isn’t looking at it, it’s sitting inside of it. Since the interior of your car is what you interact with the most, we’ve highlighted some of our favorites in the compact segment: The Ford Focus, Mazda3, and Toyota Corolla. To show you all these models have to offer, we’re taking a good look at the top of the line sedan for each model.
Visually, Ford really nailed the design on this model. The vertical placement of the air vents is effective both from a practical and visual standpoint. The center stack is nicely laid out and user friendly, with a large touch screen. Ford offers Intelligent Access, so your key doesn’t have to be in hand get the door open, as well as push button start, so to get in and drive is about as simple as current technology allows it to be. The Ford MyTouch and Sony package offers a ton of technology, including and 8-inch color LCD touch screen, navigation wiht Siriums XM Traffic and Travel Link, HD Radio, back up camera, dual-zone electronic temperature control and a 10-speaker Sony sound system. It comes with a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, one-touch power front and rear windows, cruise control, overhead console, MyKey owner controls, ambient lighting, and leather-trimmed heated front bucket seats. Ford also offers two styling packages in Tuscany Red and Arctic White.
Next up is the Mazda3 s Grand Touring. This model is my personal favorite, but perhaps the least visually exciting of the trio. This model is designed with a sport feel, from the dash to the seating. Mazda offers features including dual-zone climate control, one-touch power windows, rear view camera, cruise control, Advanced Keyless entry (like MyKey), push-button start, variable heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and brake handle, Mazda Connect infotainment with a 9-speaker Bose system, 7-inch full color touch display, Pandora, Stitcher, Aha and Sirius XM radio capability and available heads up display. A Master control is set just behind the gearshift that allows you to manage functions with minimal distraction.
The Corolla S has the most traditional design of all three of these models, but is well up-dated, so it comes across as modern, yet familiar. Toyota packs in automatic climate control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, driver’s one-touch power window, metallic and chrome trim, sport instrumentation, cruise control, Sof-Tex trimmed heated seats, Entune premium audio with a 6.1-inch display, navigation, integrated back up camera, HD Radio, and HD Predictive Traffic.
Check out our gallery for a look inside each model. Toyota offers the most ease of use with the Corolla S layout, while Ford gives you a unique layout in the Focus, and the Mazda3 offers up the most sport appeal. While all of these are great, one of these is sure to suit you best.