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2014 Mazda CX-5: Vents Don't Close

December 10, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

I had such good things to say about the 2014 Mazda CX-5, and still do. But just as I was about to make out with the CX-5, I go and find this: vents that don't really, fully, completely shut. Such a buzzkill.

Even when set to window or lower vents, and even with the flaps closed, these upper vents never fully stop passing air. Sometimes you just want a cool cabin without sitting in an arctic draft. Cost-cutting? Just give me a simple thumbwheel to completely cut off the air channel.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor


  • eclogite eclogite Posts:

    I'm wondering how many other cars have vents that don't fully close and how much of an issue this is for general folk. The vents in my 1996 Maxima don't close externally (the center ones, anyway), but don't pass air when the HVAC is set to feet or full defrost. I don't think I'd see this as a deal breaker, but maybe it is for some?

  • nxtiak nxtiak Posts:

    If air is set to outside air, air still comes into the cabin in the 0/off position. If it's set to circulate interior air, I get no air coming in.

  • uthiker uthiker Posts:

    On my drive to work with the outside temp. at 13, I had the heater set at defrost/floor. I could feel warmth from the center vents but they were not blowing any air out. You may want to have the Mazda dealer check it out... or find something better to nitpick about. The only buzzkill here is this "review".

  • john_woods john_woods Posts:

    Thanks for pointing that 'feature' out, it can be very annoying, especially on long trips where the driver may want to stay cool and awake but the passenger is cold and doesn't want any breeze whatsoever. Yes, you can bring blankets for the passenger but that's never good enough. The damn thing needs to be OFF when it's off.

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