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


2014 Mazda CX-5: Hidden Start Button

July 23, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

I can appreciate the convenience of keyless ignition. But finding the CX-5's start button removes at least some of that convenience. From where I sit, it's almost completely covered by the windshield wiper stalk.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ about 10,900 miles

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By legacygt
on 07/23/13
7:06 AM PST

Sorry but is this legit as a complaint? You almost never get a view of a column mounted key ignition yet drivers have been able to insert keys for decades. The push button start is a pretty large button and I imagine you'd have little trouble jabbing at it with enough accuracy after 2 or 3 days in the car.

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By fordson1
on 07/23/13
8:12 AM PST

Wow - you guys beat me to it. This is something that crops up only in motoring-journo land. Another of my favorite journo-complaints: Bluetooth setups that don't have the capacity to pair with 15 different iPhones. Wow - that's sure going to be a crippling flaw for a daily driver that is shared by maybe two people at most.

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By zimtheinvader
on 07/23/13
7:52 AM PST

It is another one of those 'issues' that is only noticeable if you have 20 different cars to choose from every day. The rest of us just hit the button without thinking about it and as legacygt pointed out nobody ever complained that the ignition key went into the side of the steering column on most cars where it couldn't be seen.

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