2014 Mazda CX-5: Any Idea What This Is?
July 12, 2013
Does this look familiar to you? It doesn't to me. It's on the left side of the dashboard in our 2014 Mazda CX-5 just behind the turn signal stalk. It looks like some kind of infrared receptor along with a possible opening for a connector.
I flipped through the owner's manual and found no references to it. In fact, most of the diagrams didn't even show it was there. Seems odd that Mazda would use a relatively visible area of the dashboard for something that's not used by the driver. Could have put a change drawer there.
After consulting with the Edmunds' brain trust, I was informed that it was likely the SD-card slot for updating the navigation system. In our long-term Mazda 3, it resided in an equally mysterious door right in the middle of the dash. So in a way, the location in our CX-5 signals progress of sorts.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 10,603 miles