2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mazda CX-5: Fun With SCBS

July 1, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

Who needs coffee when you have the Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) system?

As I was pulling into our underground garage at work this morning, and approached the parking security arm, our Mazda CX-5 screeched to a noisy halt. Jolt! Wake up.

The SCBS had detected the parking barrier and thought I was going to get into a fender bender.

Our Mazda CX-5 owner's manual states that the SCBS will operate the brake control when the system detects a vehicle ahead. It goes on to say this does not apply to two-wheeled vehicles or pedestrians. (Or extremely dirty cars. No, really.)

However, it works pretty darn well when approaching the parking arm in our garage. The manual does say that it could operate when passing through a toll gate, which is pretty much the same set-up as in the photo above.

I guess I need to be more patient and not try to roll through as I wave my key card at the security sensor.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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By fordson1
on 07/01/13
8:35 AM PST

So I'm going through the 20 mph EZ-Pass lane and this thing cranks the brakes on? And then I get rear-ended by the guy behind me.

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