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2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD Long-Term Road Test Posts: 10,059
edited September 2014 in Mazda

image2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD Long-Term Road Test

The navigation system available in the 2014 Mazda CX-5 may be inexpensive, but it also lacks the functionality of most other systems.

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  • yep, if you are trying to just get to a specific destination and don't care how you get there then Navigation systems are nice. If you want to explore or find other routes or see what other towns are within a reasonable distance then you can't beat a good old fashion paper map.
  • 7driver7driver Posts: 145
    There's no substitute for paper (maps).

  • 7driver7driver Posts: 145
    Speaking of paper, it seems all the traditional car/consumer magazines have done CRV vs. CX5 comparos. How about one here on Edmunds, even if it's just a long term road test blog entry? Having these two in the fleet at the same time, I'm very surprised how little they are compared against each other.
  • cx7lovercx7lover Posts: 90
    Actually, the navigation doesn't look too bad in 3D mode and furthermore you can access the map and pan around as you wish if you tap on the map and select "View Map"
  • irizeririzer Posts: 6
    It won't let you pan around when driving, also the map doesn't automatically center on where you currently are. So seeing a map of where I was 10 minutes ago doesn't really help. Then I have to go into find location and select find me.

    I also turned off auto-zoom. That way I can set it at a proper zoom level in both 2-d and 3-d and it will show a better level of detail. For some reason, the roads it chooses to label seems random at times. I swear it likes to label roads with funny names. So my CX-5 has a sense of humor.

    Actually a neat feature to try is say to the navigation "Where am I". It will tell you your location and the nearest cross streets. Not perfect, but it is useful.

    My 2009 Civic's nav was so much more useful to see where I was currently. Don't get me started about the safety lock-out! If you start a voice input using the voice button on the screen while driving and then come to a stop, you will lose all your input. Apparently safety is a two way street! Well at least I was able to download 90 Year old Hungarian Grandmother as a free voice for my nav.
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