What is Mazda auto hold and how does it work?

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Technology, Tips & Tricks on Friday, May 31st, 2019 at 8:00 am
2019 Mazda CX-5 center console closeup

What is the Mazda auto hold button?

Many newer Mazda models are coming with a new button right behind their electronic parking brake switch. This button is labeled auto hold. What is the Mazda auto hold button and how does auto hold work? We can provide the answers you need.

2019 Mazda CX-5 interior center consoleWhat does Mazda auto hold do?

When we were all taught to drive automatic vehicles, we had to get used to the fact that as soon as you let off the brake, the car begins to roll forward even if your foot isn’t on the gas. During normal driving, this typically turns out to be a convenience.

Usually, when you take your foot off the brake, you want to go anyway, but what about when you are stuck in stop-and-go driving such as a traffic jam or even a fast-food drive-through? That’s where auto hold comes in. With auto hold engaged, whenever you come to a complete stop, your Mazda will continue to hold its position until you step on the gas again. Of course, you can also use it for normal driving too.

2019 Mazda CX-5 auto hold button diagram with standby lightHow to turn on and use Mazda auto hold

Auto hold has to be re-enabled every time you drive. This is so you don’t get used to a feature that most cars don’t have yet. You can turn on auto hold by pressing the auto hold button while you are driving.

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To use it, bring the car to a complete stop, wait for the hold light to come on in your dash, and then let off the brake. Your car should hold until you press the accelerator.


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2019 Mazda CX-5 gray side view stopped on the roadHow to turn off Mazda auto hold

If you are driving along, then a simple press of the button will turn auto hold off. However, if you are already at a stop, and the hold feature is engaged, you will have to depress the brakes first before turning it off.

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This is to avoid unintentionally turning it off in which case the car may roll forward and create an accident. Auto hold is also switched off automatically when in reverse unless you are backing up a hill.

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