USB Niceties - 2014 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mazda CX-5: USB Niceties

November 27, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

As Vincent Vega once said, it's the little differences. He was talking about his ability to get a beer at a movie theater in Amsterdam. I'm talking about our 2014 Mazda CX-5. It shows how just one or two thoughtful touches can show up other cars that claim "ultimate" performance.

2014 Mazda CX-5

I'm talking here about the 2014 Mazda CX-5's USB port. It's located in the center console, which is the norm for many cars. In the CX-5, it's has a flip-up cover and is easy to get at. There's a channel for the cord, so that you put your smartphone or music player on the seat or in a cup holder if you don't feel like tucking it away in the console.

Such a mundane detail, right? But in my personal car, there's an annoying little trap door over the USB connector, which you have to ease out of the way before you can plug in. I fumble it every time. And there's no channel for the cord. It's as if the maker of my car decided that you should always store your phone/player in the console. Verstehen Sie? Score one for the Mazda CX-5.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 20,656 miles


  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    I take every review about access to ports in the center console with a grain of salt. Why, because none of these cars ever have anything in the center console. Look in promo shots. Look in car review shots. Look in Long Term Fleet shots. Every picture shows a barren center console with ports waiting patiently for someone to plug something in. Now enter the real world. Many people actually fill their center consoles with stuff. Gloves, Chapstick. Some papers. Some cables. Gum. Sunglasses. Whatever. The thing gets filled up to the top. Halfway maybe. In any case, those easy-to-reach ports are now buried.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    We were looking at CX-5s a few days ago and noticed this same thing. We thought it was a nice setup too. Our center bins usually have some napkins, pens, and gas receipts so that's not an issue for us. Thanks to this LT test and our test drive impressions it looks like we're going to pull the trigger on a Touring FWD in Sky Blue with no options. It just depends on the salesman keeping his word that they won't add on the typical dealer padding items (lo-jack, paint protector, etc) during PDI.

  • craigo81 craigo81 Posts:

    The port is a little high in the console. If you have a non-low profile plug, or say, a usb stick, it gets in the way of the little console shelf and other items. --- Oh well, USB's on the way out and bluetooth is the way to go. I just use the plug to charge my phone.

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