2014 Mazda CX-5: Text Messages Made Easy
March 29, 2013
Now that cell phones are more or less banished from use on freeways in L.A., getting text messages is a bit more difficult. I always connect my phone with Bluetooth as soon as I get in a car so I can make and receive calls, but there aren't many cars that make it easy to get text messages.
In the case of the Mazda CX-5, I didn't have to do a thing. After hooking up my phone it automatically alerted me to an incoming text message. Since I was moving, it would only give me an alert with an option to have it read out loud. If you're stationary, it will display the message on the main screen. Of course, at that point you could just look at your phone so I'm not sure how much of a help it really is.
Sadly, like most systems with a voice, the message reader still sounds like a computer voice from War Games. Have we not made any progress on artificial voices since then? Not a big deal, though, I'd rather have the warped computer voice read me a message instead of worrying about a ticket by reading it myself.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 3,611 miles