2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD Long-Term Road Test

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edited September 2014 in Mazda

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

Edmunds encounters more issues with the Smart City Brake Support slamming on the brakes on its long-term 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD.

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  • jrsfjrsf Member Posts: 10
    I had a GMC crossover that had this feature and it freaked itself out at the airport exit loop. I hated it. Slammed on the brakes so quickly I thought I'd actually hit something, or that something fell off of the vehicle. My Edge only flashes a Knight Rider strip of red lights from the base of the windshield. Much better.

    I have noticed that my Adaptive Cruise Control starts to freak out on a twisty walled freeway (coming into SF from Marin as you approach the Waldo Tunnel before the GG Bridge). It can't get a consistent read on what's moving and what's stationary and I finally had to turn the cruise off for that.
  • greenponygreenpony Member Posts: 531
    In the greater scheme of things, problems like this can only help these systems improve.
  • dougal1098dougal1098 Member Posts: 8
    I skipped the tech package because of this issue and the terrible Nav unit.
  • stovt001_stovt001_ Member Posts: 799
    The real problem is that you have to scroll through a menu to make the vehicle operate correctly every time you turn on the car. If I turn off all of the ill-conceived distractions and interferences that "compensate" for drivers who should have a license, not to mention the incorrect throttle and suspension settings, I want them to stay off, not default back to the initial bad conditions.
  • barich1barich1 Member Posts: 143
    This sort of thing is a good idea but manufacturers are all scrambling to include it in cars before it's ready. That sort of behavior should never happen, full stop (no pun intended).
  • fordson1fordson1 Unconfirmed Posts: 1,512
    There are many faults I will forgive in a car, but having the vehicle decide all by itself to do a panic application of brakes, gas or steering input while I THOUGHT I was doing the driving is not one of them. If the price for never having to experience what you folks are describing is having to take full responsibility for all brake, gas and steering applications, I'm willing to pay that price.
  • zimtheinvaderzimtheinvader Member Posts: 580
    I'm okay with a car beeping or vibrating the seat to warn me but if I'm so out of it that I can't press the brake pedal on my own then I shouldn't be behind the wheel ever.
  • cx7lovercx7lover Member Posts: 90
    Never had SCBS kick in once with me driving and I do all of that in low speed traffic. The CX-5 must be more touchy because of the ride height
  • cx7lovercx7lover Member Posts: 90
    Never had SCBS kick in once with me driving and I do all of that in low speed traffic. The CX-5 must be more touchy because of the ride height
  • desmoliciousdesmolicious Member Posts: 671
    This emergency brake system is called scabs?

    That's almost as bad as Toyota's trd
  • nxtiaknxtiak Member Posts: 13
    I've tried to get it to kick in on the road, but never have.
    I've had it kick in while pulling into my garage while the door was still opening. also once when pulling into a parking spot really fast, it thought I was going to smash into the bushes.
    I've never had it engage while going slow in traffic and changing lanes.
  • mrcoconutmrcoconut Member Posts: 1
    Maybe you should get this car checked by Mazda. I have been driving my CX-5 in slow traffic conditions for the path 8 months and I never had any issues with the SCBS.
  • hybrishybris Member Posts: 365
    I would check for sensitivity settings or something to that effect and then look at the sensor just to make sure it was clean and in one piece.
  • allthingshondaallthingshonda Member Posts: 878
    I like the multiple warnings the computer can give you about collisions or hazards but it should never override the driver. If it was on cruise control then yes it should automatically do what it can to avoid a collision but not when cruise is off. This reminds me of the different philosophies of Boeing and Airbus. Airbus computers never allow the pilot to fly the plane beyond it's operating capabilities. They will automatically override a pilots commands. Boeing planes will sound alarms and warn the pilot that he is not flying the plane safely or commanding it to do something outside it's capabilities. But it will never override the pilots commands.
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