A Very Comfortable Center Console Arm Rest

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2018, Mazda, CX-5, Snowflake Pearl, Grand Touring
Okay, before I get flamed let me defend myself.....

I know this is not going to win any beauty contests. However, it is very
comfortable and convenient. It can also be removed in seconds when not in use.

I have no doubt that anyone desiring more comfort for their right arm in the
CX-5, left hand drive, will be able to do a much prettier job than I did.

Ever since getting my 2016 MX-5 ND and adding a much more comfortable center
console arm rest, I have been spoiled.

My MX-5 ND now has one of the most comfortable interiors of any vehicle I
have ever driven. At least for me.....

After purchasing my 2018 CX-5, I was really disappointed at how useless the
center console arm rest is. Again, at least for me..........

I like to drive with my right arm supported but the CX-5 didn't provide that
luxury. So, after many months of pondering ideas, I finally came up with
something that really hits the spot. My right arm loves this.

The parts needed aren't very sofisticated or hard to find.

A re-purposed, stainless steel water bottle.

A trip to Home Depot for the rubber cap, which comes with the stainless steel
clamp. This is found in the plumbing section, ABS pipe area.

A home made or commercially made, padded pillow. The one I used is actually
a neck pillow that I have had for a few years. I used this on a previous
vehicle. I still have another one in black and two in beige. These were
purchased on ebay.

Some 1/4" plywood for the base of the pillow that I inserted inside and a round
piece for reinforcement inside the rubber cap.

Of course, a few wood screws that are long enough to go through every thing
but not too long. You don't want them poking through the arm rest pad. Ouch!

Then it's just a matter of fitting all the parts and putting them together.

The final thing that I did was wrap the bottom of the water bottle so that it
fits snugly into the vehicle cup holder. You will have to use your
imagination for this. If your water bottle is fat enough, you may not have
to worry about it.

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2019 CX-5 Signature
I guess being tall has its perks! The center armrest is actually fine for me with the seat all the way back and down. I think my wife misses her flip-up armrests in her old CR-V, though.
 
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2018, Mazda, CX-5, Snowflake Pearl, Grand Touring
I guess being tall has its perks! The center armrest is actually fine for me with the seat all the way back and down. I think my wife misses her flip-up armrests in her old CR-V, though.

I've tried your setting but then I can't reach the pedals or see over the steering wheel. :D

My wife didn't mind the way our CX-5 center arm rest was. When she drives, she doesn't use the arm rest. However, when she is a passenger, the seat is all the way back. Then she does. Same for me when she is driving.
 
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2018 CX-5 Sport
Seeing that picture of the interior made me realize why my armrest was great while others said it wasn't great. I have long legs and my seat is farther back. Very clever idea you have there.
 
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2018, Mazda, CX-5, Snowflake Pearl, Grand Touring
Seeing that picture of the interior made me realize why my armrest was great while others said it wasn't great. I have long legs and my seat is farther back. Very clever idea you have there.

My wife is shorter than I am so when she drives the CX-5, she has even less of an arm rest available. However, she has never cared one way or another about arm rests until she tried out my invention. At first she said, it will be removed when she drives but now she says, it stays.

Thanks for the compliment but I have to admit, my wife had a big hand in all of this. She is the one who discovered that the rubber ABS cap could be used for what I was trying to accomplish while we were strolling around Home Depot a few days ago.

I had been discussing with her for the past few months what I was trying to accomplish but we just couldn't find the right sizes in either the ABS or PVC fittings, then she spotted the rubber cap and that was what turned out to be the missing link.

One of the comfort features of my center arm rest is the fact that it can be turned inward to follow the natural angle of the arm when resting.

I like it because, like in my MX-5 Miata, I can rest my right arm on the cushion and at the same time, hold the wheel with my right hand at about the 4 or 5 o'clock position.
 
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2018, Mazda, CX-5, Snowflake Pearl, Grand Touring
MX-5 and CX-5 is a sensational double play!

There is no doubt that in my old age (77) I am truly blessed. <><

The MX-5 is so much fun to drive and I have done a lot of mods to it over the past 2 1/2 years, including improving the suspension system. So far, my health has allowed me to do everything myself, with a bit of help from my wife, on occasion.
 
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2016 CX-5 (white), 2019 CX-5(red), 2019 Miata (white)
There is no doubt that in my old age (77) I am truly blessed. <><

The MX-5 is so much fun to drive and I have done a lot of mods to it over the past 2 1/2 years, including improving the suspension system. So far, my health has allowed me to do everything myself, with a bit of help from my wife, on occasion.

Keep on truckin :)
 

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Central Virginia
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2019 CX-5 Reserve
I've forwarded a link to this thread to Shark Tank.
How quickly can you ramp up production? ;)

Actually, I LOVE stuff like this. From concept to completed product, with imagination paving the way.
 
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2018, Mazda, CX-5, Snowflake Pearl, Grand Touring
I've forwarded a link to this thread to Shark Tank.
How quickly can you ramp up production? ;)

Actually, I LOVE stuff like this. From concept to completed product, with imagination paving the way.

I'll be at Home Depot's door first thing in the morning to buy up all the rubber caps they have in stock...:) :)
 
I found this thread when I was searching for a solution for my 2019 CX-5 I recently got. I had issues not having an armrest like the OP. I used a black yoga block I had on hand that fits perfectly on top of the cup holders. It works perfectly. I can easily toss it someplace else if I don't want to use it or need to use the cup holders.
 
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2018, Mazda, CX-5, Snowflake Pearl, Grand Touring
I'm glad you found something that works for you. Good old Yankee ingenuity.

My CX-5 arm rest is still doing its job perfectly. I really wonder why Mazda and a few other vehicle manufacturers don't think about our right arm.

I have had a few new VWs over the last few years and in most cases, their arm rests slide forward and backward, depending on what the driver and/or passenger needs. So simple but yet so effective.