How to Remote Start Your Mazda CX-5

Pre-2021 Mazda owners may be able to use their key fob for remote start. Post-2021 Mazda owners can use the Mazda app.
Written by Sean Boehme
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
While older
Mazda CX-5
models require a secondary key fob to start the car from a distance, newer Mazdas can be remotely started with a paid subscription app. 
  • Pre-2021 Mazdas may be able to remote start with a secondary key fob.
  • Nearly all post-2021 Mazdas can remote start via the MyMazda app.
  • The app can also send notifications and help you locate your car.
  • After the free trial of the app, you’ll have to pay for the remote start app feature.

How to remote start your Mazda CX-5

You may be able to use the key fob or the mobile app to start your Mazda CX-5 remotely. Which you need to use depends on how old your Mazda is. 

Pre-2021: Use your key fob for remote start

If you have a Mazda CX-5 from before 2021 that’s equipped with the Mazda remote start system, you should also have a secondary key fob that you can use to start it remotely. 
  • Press the function button on your key fob and
    start the engine
  • The fob should make a sound that confirms your car has started.

Post-2021: Use Mazda Connected Services for a remote start

The Mazda Connected Services app became compatible with the CX-5 starting in 2021. All you need to do is download the app on your smartphone and connect it to your Mazda vehicle.
To start your car remotely using the installed Mazda app:
  • Open the app.
  • Press and hold the “start” button until the indicator completes a full circle.
  • Listen for the app to confirm that your car is turned on.
Note that the Mazda Connected Services app requires a paid subscription. Anyone buying a new Mazda CX-5 will receive a free trial that they can use before having to pay for the MyMazda app and included remote start feature.

Mazda Connected Services has other perks, too

The Mazda Connected Services app has a sleek interface that makes keyless start very easy, but that’s not all it's good for. 
With the app, you can also: 
  • Access the climate control system
  • Check your fuel tank
  • Keep track of maintenance
  • Locate your Mazda
The ability to locate your Mazda will always be helpful when parking somewhere new. Turning on the heat goes hand in hand with Mazda mobile start and will help you enjoy a more pleasant morning commute.
The bottom line: The Mazda Connected Services app allows you to manage your Mazda without ever climbing inside.
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Which Mazda models come with remote start?

Mazda Connected Services got its start in 2019 and, by 2021, all of its new models are now compatible with the remote control start app. Assuming you’re registered and subscribed, you’ll be able to start all of the following models remotely:
We assume the soon-to-be-released Mazda CX-90 will have remote engine start, too. Remote start for Mazda was still prevalent before 2021, although you need the secondary fob to use it. 
If your Mazda doesn’t have an OEM remote starter or you are not sure if it does, you could look into installing a remote start kit. You can find a plug & play remote start kit online.
Check with a Mazda USA dealership for advice about installing aftermarket remote start kits. It’s important to consider that any modifications might void your warranty while your car is still new.
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