Best location for smartphone mount?
I'm a happy new owner of a 2019 C-HR Limited. But there's one thing I am not happy about - the difficulty in placing a smartphone mount.
In my previous car, a 2014 Corolla LE, I had used first a CD-slot mount until my car's radio died and I replaced it with a Kenwood with a hidden CD slot. Then, I went a top-of-dash mount that used an adhesive. The dash is a solid plastic so I wasn't worried about damage to the material.
But the C-HR's interior creates some issues.
- No CD, so no slot for that kind of mount.
- The AC vents are recessed, and too few of them, so I don't really want to use a vent-based and block the cool air. (I live in Houston, so AC is really important!)
- The top of the dash on the Limited trim is padded and softer than on the Corolla. I'd worry that eventually removing a dash-mount with adhesive would tear or discolor this material. I've experimented with windshield placement, but the glass slopes so much that anywhere I put it is view-obstructive.
- A cup holder mount would work, but that causes me to look down at the phone and is really not safe.
Yes, I have an iPhone and use CarPlay, and a lot of what I need is available on the infotainment screen as a result. But there are times when you also need to see the phone's screen (such as turn-by-turn directions on maps, which appear on the phone when the map is onscreen with CarPlay).
Any suggestions? Has anyone else solved this problem>