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I was tempted by the collision avoidance, but upgrading to the grand touring and such would have cost $5,000 and I didn't want any of it except the collision avoidance.
Now I see I can add collision warning. Not exactly avoidance but should do 90% of the job for 25% of the cost.
Forward Collision Warning | Safe Drive Systems
Any opinion on this?
Specifically as regards the Mazda warranty and resale value.
Any great alternatives?
 

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This is nothing like the autonomous braking available in the GT. Rather, this is just a warning - same as keeping your eyes on the road. The GT's system applies the brakes before the driver has the ability to should it sense a collision is about to happen. It happens to sound a warning as it does.

IMO, I'd save the hassle of this and just exercise situational awareness.
 

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IMO, I'd save the hassle of this and just exercise situational awareness.
That is the other reason I didn't buy the collision avoidance; I have not hit anyone (well, at least not where any braking would have mattered...) and don't see why that should change. Knowing the brakes will come on automatically might encourage me to pay less attention.

I am thinking that for a relatively small charge I could get a system that would tell me that "right now" is not a good time to be looking at the GPS. I mean, you have to look away occasionally no matter how careful you are.
 

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This seems like a waste of money to be honest. if all it does is annoy you when you get close to the car in front of you, I see no point in it.
 

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Not to nitpick but your contradicting yourself.

Knowing you have an alert may cause you to pay less attention, such as when you're looking at your navigation - which I rely on voice guidance over visual. You may be more apt to be distracted when you have an audio alert of whats happening in front of you.

Obviously, do as you wish but I feel forward alerts drive complacency. Unlike blind spot and rear cross traffic, those alert you of things you can't see. You should always be heads up and looking forward. Autonomous braking applies the brakes quicker than any human can when it perceives an collision. That is the benefit of the system.

To me, this system sounds annoying as it will beep similar to parking sensors. At least those are on only in reverse. This system would beep at any perceived risk of collision. The icon on my HUD flashes when it thinks there is risk of collision, even though I know I'm not. If it were audible in the CX3 I'd disable. it.
 

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Turned out to be academic. I can't actually even see a unit until I have paid for it. I will pass on that.

Though I don't think I contradicted myself. I am saying it is maybe worth $1,400 to me, but certainly not $5,000.
 
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