A Guide To SiriusXM® Satellite Radio In Mazdas

SiriusXM® satellite radio has gained so much momentum over the past decade that it’s now a large part of the driving experience. More often than not, a car shopper will make a point to ensure that SiriusXM® is available in the car they’re interested in purchasing.

If you either own a Mazda or you’re looking to buy one and you’re a big fan of SiriusXM® satellite radio, this guide has all the answers you need. This guide answers the most common questions existing or soon-to-be Mazda owners have about SiriusXM®. Know your options!

1. Does Mazda Offer SiriusXM® Satellite Radio On All Models?

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The answer here is no. SiriusXM® satellite radio isn’t available on all models. For example, SiriusXM® is only available on the CX-5 Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, and Signature trim levels. The more basic CX-5 trim levels (Sport and Touring) don’t come with it. SiriusXM® is available only on the CX-3 Grand Touring trim level, as well.

This is a conscious decision made by Mazda in an effort to get customers to spend more money on a higher trim level. If you’re looking for a more basic trim level, you might be wondering if you can add SiriusXM® to the vehicle. This brings us to the next question.

2. If My Mazda Doesn’t Have SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, Can I Add It?

Absolutely! In fact, it’s pretty common for CX-9 owners, Mazda 6 owners, and drivers of other Mazda models to turn to aftermarket solutions when they want to add SiriusXM® satellite radio to their cars. There are many aftermarket solutions. The top three solutions are:

  1. Mounting a stand-alone radio on the dash and connecting it to your car’s electrical system and an FM modulator
  2. Rigging up a satellite radio receiver via an AUX adapter kit
  3. Installing a VAIS satellite radio adapter kit

We may be biased, but the last option (installing a VAIS satellite radio adapter kit) is the best solution. Find out why here.

3. Is There A Genuine OEM Satellite Radio Adapter Available From Mazda?

No, an OEM Mazda satellite radio adapter doesn’t exist. Mazda likely decided not to develop an OEM adapter for the same reason they don’t put SiriusXM® on all of their models: they want to get their customers to spend extra money on a more expensive model with SiriusXM® built-in.

Luckily, there are some quality aftermarket solutions, including VAIS adapters, you can use to add SiriusXM® to your Mazda while avoiding excess wires and dash clutter.

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