2020 CX-5 Signature: Are Homelink buttons active with car powered off?

On of the major annoyances I've heard with a Toyota RAV4 was that the homelink buttons would still function even if the car was locked, powered off, and no key nearby. Someone could break a window and open a garage door using the homelink buttons. My current car does not have that flaw. When the car is locked and off the buttons have no effect. Can anyone tell me how the CX-5 homelink buttons work? Are they disabled when car is locked?
 
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I just went out to the garage to check our 2018 cx5. With the car off (locked or not locked) the Homelink much to my surprise still worked! You are right, if parked outside your home this could be an issue!
 
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I've owned nearly a dozen vehicles since 2006 with Homelink - one Infiniti, several Hondas, and a couple of Mazdas. The Homelink is always powered on all of them.

The garage door can just as easily be opened with a handheld remote clipped to the sunvisor. In fact, it's probably even easier because a thief could steal the opener from your vehicle and visit your home while you're away. I can't think of anyone I know who actually removes their GDO remotes from their vehicles.

If you're worried about someone opening your garage door while the vehicle is at home, just "lock" the garage door - most have a button or switch to do this easily.
 
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Most people who use the Homelink function will park their cars in the garage, but for those who don't, it's best to either lock the garage door when you come home, as mentioned above. If this isn't possible, instead of using Homelink, carry your garage door opener in with you when you come home.
 
Maybe it's something with the "premium" brands then since my buddy's Porsche Macan does not have it always powered and he had said the X5 he drove didn't have it always on either.

Yes, there are workarounds such as locking doors and such, it's just annoying that we'd have to get in to that new habit when our current vehicles don't have this issue. Just would have preferred if it was designed better.
 

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Nothing wrong with the design, IMO. If it was a genuine problem for all buyers, it wouldn't be so prevalent on other brands, whether they are considered premium or not. For some, having constant power to the Homelink mirror is preferable as they can tap into the mirror to run dashcams 24/7 for security. It allows for a very clean-looking, easy to install setup. It would also be annoying to have to turn the car on just to open/close the garage door. Again, just my opinion.
 
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..... Just would have preferred if it was designed better.
sounds like a great entry for this thread:
 
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I'm not sure how having the locked doors matter since you could just break in and unlock the doors manually. The safest thing would be to only have it work when the key fob is in the car. But then you'd probably have other people complain that it works that way. I guess you could have a setting to turn that ability on or off in the car settings which would be fairly safe since you could only change it if the car was on.

That being said, this isn't the biggest deal because what are the chances a burglar is aware of homelink and is going to think "aha I can break into this car and if I'm lucky and they have homelink programmed I can get into the garage"? A determined burglar isn't going to break in hoping the homelink works, they would just break into the garage via brute force if that's their target. And some smash and grab lowest hanging fruit burglar isn't thinking of the big picture, they're just grabbing the change you left in the console and whatever bags you left in the car.

Anyhow, here is someone on a prius chat talking about clipping and patching the wires in their mirror to change it from the always on line to the line that only gets power when the car is on:
I have no clue if that would work in the CX-5.
 

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Anyhow, here is someone on a prius chat talking about clipping and patching the wires in their mirror to change it from the always on line to the line that only gets power when the car is on:
I have no clue if that would work in the CX-5.
Nice, good find. It will require some DIY work (or hiring someone with the capability to do it), but it looks like this might be a solution to the problem posed.
 
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My guess is they want it active all the time to allow you open the door prior to starting the car as you don't want it to be running in a closed garage. Sure, you could just press the start button with your foot off the brake to enter "acc" mode and open it prior to starting the car, but that is an extra step.
 
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