Are CD Players Obsolete? - 2014 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mazda CX-5: Are CD Players Obsolete?

May 17, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

Our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 has an in-dash CD player. But not every new car has one. There are so many alternate ways of listening to music that manufacturers may stop supplying them in their cars.

General Motors, for example, left the disc in its MyLink system out of the new Chevy Sonic and Spark. Instead you can connect with your smartphone. Kia will also be leaving out a CD player in the 2014 Soul because it doesn't fit the car's buying demographic.

Some other manufacturers are doing the same.

Read about the changing times in these two articles on

The Car CD Player Deathwatch
Is Car Radio Going Away?

Do you listen to CDs in your car? What is your preferred method of in-car entertainment?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @donnaderosa

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