2014 Mazda CX-5: USB Niceties
November 27, 2013
As Vincent Vega once said, it's the little differences. He was talking about his ability to get a beer at a movie theater in Amsterdam. I'm talking about our 2014 Mazda CX-5. It shows how just one or two thoughtful touches can show up other cars that claim "ultimate" performance.
I'm talking here about the 2014 Mazda CX-5's USB port. It's located in the center console, which is the norm for many cars. In the CX-5, it's has a flip-up cover and is easy to get at. There's a channel for the cord, so that you put your smartphone or music player on the seat or in a cup holder if you don't feel like tucking it away in the console.
Such a mundane detail, right? But in my personal car, there's an annoying little trap door over the USB connector, which you have to ease out of the way before you can plug in. I fumble it every time. And there's no channel for the cord. It's as if the maker of my car decided that you should always store your phone/player in the console. Verstehen Sie? Score one for the Mazda CX-5.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 20,656 miles