Purchased 2017 CX-3 Aug 2016 with AWD and all top end toys, at least those available to the Canadian Market. Figured it was likely the last new car I would purchase in my driving lifetime, so I went all-in.
Very disappointed that before my first oil change, that same car, sold as a 2018 now has more goodies on basically the same platform. I had read reviews about the radar cruise control and assumed mine had it, but the reviews were from other areas of the planet. I found out once I got it home. Not there.
This vehicle needs a heated steering wheel to go with the rest of the Canadian winter package like the heated seats and mirrors which it did come with. My 71 yr old arthritic hands would appreciate it.
Similarly, the HUD got an upgrade that I suspect could be flashed into memory ... and the 2018 car now boasts Gvectoring.
My sense is Gvectoring is likely a computer flash to the AWD/ABS gnomes already on board, but Mazda really won't say. From my perspective, you would just be telling those systems what to do under certain parameters, as they do already with TPMS and AWD power distribution and traction control activation. It can't be impossible as a retrofit. I cannot imagine it would need any new hardware even.
The tailgate should have a remote release as others in this segment now do.
All that said, I love the car.
I just wish Mazda's answer when I raised these questions hadn't been a bit of a snotty brush off and a suggestion to trade in my 2017 on a 2018!
Really? Are they serious? I paid top buck and that's the best they can offer? My computer gets monthly updates to its software for free. I was suggesting Mazda offer a dealer-installed nominal cost upgrade to the newest specs but that fell on deaf ears.
Would be interested to know if anyone else has suggestions or tweaks.
I can live without the vectoring, though it would be nice. A hatch release from the driver's seat etc as an aftermarket upgrade is welcome if anyone knows of anyone making such a kit.
While I am on this pony-ride ... how much would it take to put an SD slot into the overhead console and let those cameras powering the lane keeping etc, act as a dashcam that we can download onto SD.
In the event of a serious accident, police can get a warrant to seize that data. Wouldn't it be nice to have it readily available without having to buy and live with another camera stuck to the windshield?
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