2014 Mazda CX-5: Dislodged Trim in Driver Footwell
March 18, 2014
With the exception of its cheapo floor mats, our long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 generally makes the grade for interior quality. Its materials are mostly up to par, and everything's put together with convincing precision.
That said, I managed to dislodge this plastic trim piece in the driver footwell. How did this happen? Oh, I caught my right foot on the lower edge of it while excitedly getting out of the CX-5 to take a photo.
Sans trim piece, this was the scene in the Mazda's foot well.
Fortunately, the tabs on the trim piece sustained no damage in the incident. And when I got around to addressing the situation several days later (after initially tossing the trim piece in the backseat to have it out of the way), the piece snapped right back into place.
Although the trim fits snugly once more, I can see the possibility of this happening again if I owned the Mazda CX-5. As I attempt to demonstrate here (with my fingers), it is possible, even likely, that a large-footed driver hastily getting out of the vehicle could catch a toe under this panel and detach it.
Mind you, I don't think this instance of trim piece detachment reflects poorly on the CX-5's quality, but I do think there are better ways to execute plastic trim in the foot well of a small crossover SUV.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 25,860 miles