IRVINE, California — The 2016 Mazda 6 sedan and Mazda CX-5 are the first Mazda vehicles to feature the optional $500 Mazda Mobile Start, which allows users to control many of the vehicle's settings through their smartphone.
Mazda Mobile Start can be purchased and installed at Mazda dealerships.
Included with the purchase is a complimentary one-year subscription to the Mazda Mobile Start app, which is available in the iOS App Store and Google Play. Annual renewal for the service is $65.
Mazda Mobile Start is available only on automatic-transmission versions of the Mazda 6 and CX-5.
"It is expected that additional models will be added this year," Mazda North American Operations said in a statement on Thursday.
Mazda Mobile Start allows owners to start and stop their engines from virtually anywhere with a smartphone. Users can also check door-lock status and remotely lock or unlock doors.
A Carfinder feature uses the smartphone camera and GPS technology to help locate vehicles in parking lots.
Edmunds says: An affordable addition to the Mazda 6 and CX-5 that makes life a little easier.