Spread on mine (14 5 door) is about 25" center to center. I measured it after reading your post.Sorry for bringing up a somewhat old thread. I am looking at getting this and the kayak carrier accessory from Med Center Mazda (the link above), but I did have a quick question. The kayak carrier accessory (which is apparently a Yakima accessory) says that there needs to be a minimum of 24" spread between the crossbars. Do the fix points on the 2014 Mazda 3 Sedan allow for 24" in between to meet this criteria (would seem very odd if not). Just couldn't tell from the pictures if two feet were covered between the bars.
Wow, that's basically what I came in to write! Thanks for saving me some typing! lolThis thread has been very helpful! But, I'm still trying to figure out what to buy and would really appreciate some informed guidance or input.
I expect to only be using my roof rack about a half-dozen times a year, mostly for bikes. (For bikes I traditionally have used a rear carrier, but our family has grown so I will need to use both rear and roof carriers to carry bikes.) (I'd been getting away with squeezing 3 bikes on the rear carrier and squeezing a small kid's bike in the trunk, but those days are ending.)