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2014 Mazda CX-5: Needs the Heads Up Cockpit

February 11, 2014

2014 Mazda CX-5

I recently had the chance to drive our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 and really liked it for the most part. It is comfortable, has great styling and good visibility. But its infotainment screen was a bit disappointing.

The screen is small and as my colleague James Riswick pointed out, the navigation system is rudimentary. Plus, I've already seen what Mazda will eventually replace it with — and it's much better.

2014 Mazda 3

Mazda showed off its next-generation infotainment system at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. The Heads Up Cockpit features a seven-inch screen placed higher on the dash, redundant controls with a touchscreen and a "commander knob" that is meant to be operated without having to look down.

This system is on the 2014 Mazda 3 and will eventually make its way into other Mazdas, but it may take a few years to do so. The CX-5's dash and center console would have to be rearranged to accommodate the new system, so chances are it won't happen until the next redesign.

Read more about CES and Mazda's new Heads Up Cockpit here.

What would you prefer? Control knob or touchscreen?

Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 23,174 miles

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