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Thread: Interior Differences in First Gen CX-5?

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    Interior Differences in First Gen CX-5?

    Was looking at some on-line pics of older CX-5 dash/interiors and was curious about just what changes/tweaks have been made over the years. Obviously the infotainment screen was changed, but I couldn't quite tell when the newest one (the one in my 16.5 Touring) was first used. Some pics from the 2015 model had the old info unit while others seemed to have the newer touchscreen that I thought first came in the 2016. I believe the handbrake was changed to e-brake in the 2016, but what about the different center console armrests and cup holders - which were either side-by-side or in front of each other (in the 2016)? The silver dashboard trim is now silver-ish, but appears darker (black?) in some earlier model pics, but it's a bit hard to tell due to the reflections. It seems that each year had a few minor design tweaks.

    Is the exterior the same except for the 2016 grill and headlight assemblies?

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    Minor changes rolled out throughout the years. In 2014.5, the automatic shifter and side mirrors changed. I don't think 2015 had many, if any, visible changes.

    There could also be confusion about model year and calendar year - Mazda sometimes introduces model years early and keeps them for a very long time. My 2014 was built in January 2013 and I think production even started in 2012!

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    Ah, I didn't realize there was a 2014.5!

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    I believe the changes you've listed (namely, newer infotainment touchscreen, electronic handbrake, new center console / cup holder layout) all happened in MY 2016. As well, many tech features (LDW, RCTA, SBS, FOW, HBC, etc.) were also introduced in MY 2016.

    The "tech package" in MY 2015 was pretty minimal, just BSM & SCBS basically. If I'm correct the only major changes in MY 2015 is that the gated gear lever was abandoned in favor of the straight version.

    You're right about the exterior evolution, I think.

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    My 2014 was also built in Jan 2013.

    Changes I've noticed between mine and the newer CX-5s is of course the infotainment system, the addition of that commander knob, removal of the handbrake for an ebrake, the shifter changed, my temperature control knobs are definitely different from the newer ones.

    I also think there were a couple of different versions of the dash info screen (the info to the right of the speedometer). Not sure if that's changed or not.

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    this is from my 2013


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggity View Post
    this is from my 2013

    Wow completely different looking nav system than my 2014 Japan one. Plus yours is a lot cleaner!

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    My sister has a 2016 and the right hand side of the gauge cluster display is different than in my 2016.5. The trip information is in the middle of the gauge cluster as well whereas on mine it's on the right hand side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RWatters View Post
    My sister has a 2016 and the right hand side of the gauge cluster display is different than in my 2016.5. The trip information is in the middle of the gauge cluster as well whereas on mine it's on the right hand side.
    The model with i-activesense has a different cluster display than those without.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggity View Post
    this is from my 2013

    GT or a tech package?

    My 2014 barebones Touring looks like this:



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    Last edited by ColoradoDriver; 03-21-2017 at 10:32 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricsta View Post
    The model with i-activesense has a different cluster display than those without.
    Ahh, that would explain it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColoradoDriver View Post
    GT or a tech package?
    Err, not sure. I have xenon lights with AFS, iStop, TPMS, rain sensing wipers and a centre console commander. no sat nav though.
    Last edited by Ziggity; 03-21-2017 at 10:41 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggity View Post
    Err, not sure. I have xenon lights with AFS, iStop, TPMS, rain sensing wipers and a centre console commander. no sat nav though.
    Oh you have a sport, must be a package, or else the UK variants are different (I have no idea).

    Looks like you have the dual climate control, whereas mine does not.

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    Interesting seeing the differences! So what year did they start the Commander Controller? I thought it was in 2013, but maybe in the higher trims; I see that it probably came later. It's hard to tell from the Google pics because so much of the info is wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDK006 View Post
    Interesting seeing the differences! So what year did they start the Commander Controller? I thought it was in 2013, but maybe in the higher trims; I see that it probably came later. It's hard to tell from the Google pics because so much of the info is wrong.
    I don't think the commander knob came till 2016 in the CX-5. It was in the Mazda 3 or 6 first I believe. My 2014 does not have it.

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