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2014 Mazda CX-5: Seat Heaters Stay On

January 20, 2014

2014 Mazda CX-5

I've been driving our 2014 Mazda CX-5 for past two days. The first time I slid into the CX-5, I set the seat heaters immediately, of course.

For my tastes, they are a bit mild even on the third highest level. But I appreciate that no matter how many times I get in and out of the car, the seat heaters are automatically on. This is especially nice when you stop for gas on a chilly morning.

I like this feature for myself. But I have to remember to turn them off when I know I'm passing the car to another editor. This wouldn't be the case if I owned this car. But I'm wondering what you think.

Do you prefer that the car remembers to keep your seat heaters on, or would you rather set them each time you get into the car.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor


Comments

  • awappes awappes Posts:

    This is one thing I loved about my '10 Mazda3 and my current '14 Mazda 3. I just leave the auto climate on and the seat heaters on when I shut the car off and its all ready to go next time I start it.

  • toddm52789 toddm52789 Posts:

    It's nice that it leaves it on. If I wanted it off, I would have turned it off myself.

  • actualsize actualsize Posts:

    My wife HATES this "feature". She can't stand it when the heaters are already on in her own seat, even though she will invariably turn them on shortly thereafter. She doesn't like the idea that an unoccupied passenger seat (or, worse yet, rear seat) could be on all the time if the driver didn't notice and intervene. I'm on her side. I don't use seat heaters and I don't like being the seat heater monitor. It's kind of like going around the house and switching off lights others have left on after they left the room...or the house. Mazda employs a momentary switch, so these could be programmed to work either way. Better yet, make it owner-selectable. But even though that's possible from a technology standpoint I have yet to see a car that offered the owner a choice in this matter.

  • Would a rocker switch have made you happier? You can leave it on or shut it off. You can even see what position it is in before turning on the car if you want.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    My Leaf has rocker switches for the seat heaters - nice feature. And I think the heaters in the unoccupied seats don't come on, even if the switch is left on. No matter, they don't consume any noticeable power anyway.

  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    My Leaf has rocker switches for the seat heaters - nice feature. And I think the heaters in the unoccupied seats don't come on, even if the switch is left on. No matter, they don't consume any noticeable power anyway.

  • ryster ryster Posts:

    What do you guys consider a "chilly" morning out there in L.A.? 50 degrees? For reference, the mornings here in Pennsylvania this time of year are anywhere from 5 to 20 degrees F. The inside of the car tends to remain warm during the 6 or so minutes it takes to gas up the car. Other parts of the US have morning temps well below 0F. Now that's what I would call "chilly".

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