2014 Mazda CX-5: Tom Tom Nav Inexpensive, But Also Rudimentary
June 11, 2013
The navigation system in the 2014 Mazda CX-5 is sourced from Tom Tom and is included in the $1,625 Technology package along with keyless start, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, an auto-dimming mirror, Homelink and the Smart City brake support system. That's excellent value when you consider the going rate for many navigation systems is $2,000.
However, you largely get what you pay for with this Tom Tom nav. While I have little doubt it will get you where you want to go, I am unimpressed with its rather rudimentary graphics and the inability to scroll about its map as you can with virtually every other factory-installed navigation system.
For those, like me, who often use a navigation system as if it was a digital map, the CX-5's is not ideal. This was especially true during my recent San Diego trip when I wanted to do some exploring off the freeway. Simply entering in a destination and following its commands like a drone somewhat defeated the purpose.
As such, I happily broke out my trusty Roadmaster 2004 North American atlas that has traversed this country on several occasions. It provided the map and my wife provided any directions that were needed. I'd much rather listen to her than robo-voice anyway and frankly, I find such old-school navigating makes for a better, more involved trip.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 8,060 miles