Phone, GPS and Tablet Mounts for a Mazda CX-5 SUV

Mazda CX-5 InteriorThis week, I had the opportunity to drive a Mazda CX-5 SUV.  Nice size for an intermediate SUV.  Can’t say I’m a fan of the touch screen interface but there are a lot of good places to mount a phone, GPS or tablet.

A photo of the interior of a Mazda CX-5 accompanies this article.  Decent size with the usual long reach to the windshield common to an SUV.  Normal horizontal vents and a long reach down to the cup holders.  So let’s scope out some mount options.

The windshield is probably the best place to mount a phone.  My favorite mount for this location is the Arkon MegaGrip Suction Cup Windshield and Dash Mount.  The mount has a vacuum locked suction assembly attached to a pivoting arm.  The phone can swivel into any orientation.  The mount also comes with an adhesive disk that adheres to the dash which turns the mount into a console mount.  The suction assembly can adhere to the adhesive disk just like it would on a windshield.  It’s my long time go-to mount for this location.

I also like the windshield location for a GPS.  Similar to the windshield mount but for a Garmin GPS is the Arkon Windshield Dash Garmin Nuvi Suction Mount.  I have recommended this one over the many years it has been available and have used it myself.  It’s an excellent mount that comes with a 2-year warranty.  It’s more rugged and longer than the Garmin mount you received in the box.  Can’t go wrong with this windshield mount.

The vents are located in an unusual location just below the display screen.  Using a mount in this location is a little lower than I would have preferred but it’s certainly doable.  You can also use the vent that is located to the left of the driver.

The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount is a new favorite of mine for the vent.  The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can be used to hold most smartphones or a Garmin GPS.  You see, all Garmin vehicle GPS devices made over the past ten years include a custom cradle that has a 17mm socket on the back.  Remove the cradle from the Jelly-Grip mount and you have a 17mm ball.  Just snap the Garmin cradle onto the Jelly-Grip mount sans cradle and your GPS can be mounted to air vent.

The CD Player is in a good location for mounting a phone or GPS.  It’s near eye level and presents the device at a good spot to use it as a GPS.  Consider the Mpow CD Slot Mount for SmartPhones.  Be sure to follow the included instructions for a secure fit.  The included cradle opens to 3.4 inches and swivels into any orientation.  Remove the cradle to expose a 17mm ball suitable for a Garmin GPS.

I’m not fond of the location of the cup holders.  They are set too far back to effectively work as a mount point on a Mazda CX-5.  So unfortunately, we need to remove this location from mount contention.

The seat bolt is another place that will not work.  While the seat bolt is accessible, it’s difficult to remove and located within a narrow track.  That means the claw that is part of a seat bolt mount will not fit as the track is too narrow and will block the width of the hook from fitting within.

The Mazda CX-5 has a good size dash that can be used for a phone, GPS or small tablet.  You can use the two suction mounts I mentioned already as they both come with an adhesive disk so that you can use it on a flat dash surface.  This option is best for states where mounting to a windshield is illegal.

You can also consider the Arkon Friction Dash Mount for SmartPhones and Midsize Tablets.  This includes a cradle that opens to over 7 inches so it’s going to fit most smartphones and tablets up to the size of an Apple iPad Mini.  The included bean bag weighted dash mount weighs almost two pounds and has a safety anchor which I suggest using.  The device can swivel 360 degrees and will pivot and tilt.

The Mazda CX-5 SUV is an easy vehicle to mount almost all devices.  I think you might struggle to mount a full size tablet like an Apple iPad Pro but smaller tablets should fit well using the dash option discussed.

So in summary, thumbs up to the windshield, vent, CD player and dash.  Thumbs down to the cup holder and seat bolt mounts.