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2014 Mazda CX-5: Any Idea What This Is?

July 12, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

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

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