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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

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