Dislodged Trim in Driver Footwell - 2014 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mazda CX-5: Dislodged Trim in Driver Footwell

March 18, 2014

2014 Mazda CX-5

With the exception of its cheapo floor mats, our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 generally makes the grade for interior quality. Its materials are mostly up to par, and everything's put together with convincing precision.

That said, I managed to dislodge this plastic trim piece in the driver footwell. How did this happen? Oh, I caught my right foot on the lower edge of it while excitedly getting out of the CX-5 to take a photo.

Sans trim piece, this was the scene in the Mazda's foot well.

2014 Mazda CX-5

Fortunately, the tabs on the trim piece sustained no damage in the incident. And when I got around to addressing the situation several days later (after initially tossing the trim piece in the backseat to have it out of the way), the piece snapped right back into place.

2014 Mazda CX-5

Although the trim fits snugly once more, I can see the possibility of this happening again if I owned the Mazda CX-5. As I attempt to demonstrate here (with my fingers), it is possible, even likely, that a large-footed driver hastily getting out of the vehicle could catch a toe under this panel and detach it.

2014 Mazda CX-5

Mind you, I don't think this instance of trim piece detachment reflects poorly on the CX-5's quality, but I do think there are better ways to execute plastic trim in the foot well of a small crossover SUV.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 25,860 miles


  • 7driver 7driver Posts:

    Funny, that second pic without the trim would have looked completely stock in a few cars from the 80's and 90's. Heck, the remaining pieces of trim probably covered more than in some cars prior to the 80's.

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    It seems that the trim piece in the first photo is missing a white nylon piece like the tab below it.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    As with most posts such as these there will be the usual back and forth about whether or not this reflects on the quality of the CX-5 and Mazdas in general. We can also debate whether or not this is a big deal. I have two comments. First, it is never a good thing when any piece of a car falls off. I have a CX-9 with 80,000 trouble-free miles and love it but it bothers me to no end every time the little clips that retain the 3rd row seatbelts fall off. It's a sign of either a design or an assembly flaw and just rubs me the wrong way. But the bigger issue here is the location of the piece. The footwell area around the pedals is one of the more dangerous spots to have large pieces of plastic floating around. It's simply dangerous. That plastic could get lodged above or below the pedals and cause unintended acceleration or the inability to stop. While this was an easy fix when the car was stopped, it would be a bit different at highways speeds. I think you should report this incident to Mazda because, even if your fix is permanent, it could be a problem if it happens to someone else.

  • ocramidajzj ocramidajzj Posts:

    legacygt Agree with you about the CX5 trim piece. But I think that the seat belt clips along the D pillar of the CX-9 probably came off when someone grabbed the belt (kids will be kids) without removing it from the clip. This has happen to me several times. I would say that it probably requires a better design that doesn't hold the belt so tightly. But I do not think it's because it isn't fastened in properly. If it was tighter then the clip would probably break off. IMO

  • Might be an access panel for the cabin air filter.

  • craigo81 craigo81 Posts:

    My girlfriend did that in the passenger footwell - caught her shoe on the edge somehow and it dislodged. Was easily pushed back in. The cabin air filter is actually behind the glovebox trim and wonderfully easy to change: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IS9LApMCJY

  • metalmania metalmania Posts:

    While I agree it should be better designed so as not to become dislodged while exiting the car, I'm not sure it presents as serious a safety hazard as some would suggest. It seems this is the first time this has happened in 25,000 miles of use with the car, and it didn't happen while underway. It doesn't seem like it just "falls off" by itself. Agreed it should be secured better, or at least shaped better so you can't catch a foot on it, but it doesn't appear like it would dislodge by itself while driving.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    @ocramidajzj: You're exactly right about the CX-9 belt clips. It's always because someone pulled the seatbelt without first sliding the belt out of the holder. I always try to remember to slide the seatbelts out of the holder whenever I set up the 3rd row

  • dougal1098 dougal1098 Posts:

    It looks like the CX-5 is no longer part of the long term test fleet. Any reason why?

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