Simple armrest mod
The most annoying thing about this car for me is that the armrest gets in the way of the cup holders and can make it awkward to use the infotainment controls. I thought about sawing the armrest down to a third of it's size to make a 'shortie' armrest, but I didn't want to make a permanent change like that. After looking at the design, I realized I could convert the armrest into an "elbowrest" by just removing the pivot bolt and turning the rest 180 degrees. This allows full access to the cup holders and controls and a place to rest your elbow without making permanent modifications. 5 minutes to change.
1. pop off plastic end caps with flat head screwdriver.
2. use 10mm socket on drivers side to remove bolt, may need to tap out.
3. use blue painters tape to hold plastic washers in place.
4. flip armrest around, reinsert bolt and gently tighten, replace end caps.
USA 2016 Mazda Ceramic Metallic CX-3 AT