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2014 Mazda CX-5: Less Than Perfect Sun Visors

May 7, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

Why are sun visors so hard to execute properly? They've possessed the capability to hinge to cover the side window for well over 50 years, but few manage to do it right.

Our 2014 Mazda CX-5 is one of these. In an attempt to address the issue, it has those extendo-flaps that slide out to make the visor longer in the side position.

But it's a lame attempt. The pull-out is a skinny little thing and the whole mess pivots down as it is moved to cover the side glass because of a poorly chosen pivot axis. The result is a humungous gap that lets copious amounts of sunlight in over the top.

I guess I need those grandpa wraparounds to drive this car. Or maybe I should restrict my driving to due east or due west in the morning and afternoon.

Doesn't anybody test this stuff? A sun visor is not NASA technology.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 6,457 miles


  • drhorrible drhorrible Posts:

    I agree. Why can't they get this simple thing right? My 2011 X3 sucks when it comes to the visor as it doesn't have any provision to extend or slide back-and-forth. My wife's 09 Altima does a much better job of it.

  • Agreed, sunvisors are like the forgotten safety tech. If your blinded, you probably cant drive very well. I'd leave lane departure warnings on the shelf for a good sunvisor. Having said that... Tint the first 6 inches on the windshield and problem solved. it was 10 extra bucks when i got the rest of the car done.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    Worst I've seen lately is in the Subaru Outback (and I imagine other models) equipped with the Eyesight system. The dual cameras are spread on either side of the rear view mirror and the sun visors had to be shortened (alot) in order to provide clearance for the cameras. The result is that the visors are ineffective on when used on either the windshield or side windows. Subaru clearly believes it is more important for the car to be able to see than the driver. (Ironically, the Eyesight systems shuts itself off when driving into direct sun so you end up in a situation where neither the driver nor the car can see.)

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    The visors that incorporate a slide-out will never be satisfactory - they'll never be as wide top to bottom as the visor itself, and presumably the visor is as wide as it is for a reason. The best systems have the entire visor slide along the metal frame (like VW does). On a super-winding road you might have to slide it back and forth some, but at least when it's in position it works.

  • jr60 jr60 Posts:

    I hope these aren't the overpriced oem type from Mazda?

  • wanderer_1 wanderer_1 Posts:

    This is really disappointing. For this is a fine vehicle as I read about it. I went to the Mazda dealer to see the CX-5 (2013) few months back, and all the ones they had did NOT have any extendable sun visors at all, and no extendo-flaps either. This vehicle is not cheap, and, for this country (Saudi Arabia) the sun rules the land. A good and useful sun visor is a must. Such a fine and expensive vehicle, if it was not for this. I was baffled. Hey ... wakeup Mazda.

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