A Popular Choice - 2014 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mazda CX-5: A Popular Choice

September 3, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

On the face of it, a three-day stint in an airport parking garage seems like nothing less than a vote of no-confidence for a long-term test car. But that's not how it works.

Instead, the popular cars tend to get the nod. The ones that get driven on longer trips. The ones that are ahead of schedule in their quest to cover 20,000 miles in one year. They can tolerate a bit of idle time, and their temporary absence from the rotation makes it more likely that other long-term machines will get the miles they need.

Our 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring is one of those vehicles. Its odometer already reads 16,424 miles after just six and a half months. Never mind 20,000, at this point it's gunning for 25,000 or 30,000 miles.

And so the CX-5 has earned a much-deserved rest in the shady confines of our favorite LAX parking garage, the one with protective foam mats suspended between adjacent cars to thwart door dings.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 16,424 miles


  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    You know what also thwarts door dings? Your on-the-line parking job. Others may laugh, snipe, or cry foul. I say way to maximize your space.

  • I've never seen a parking garage with those between the cars before. I'd be in heaven. And I second greenpony. The first thing I noticed is hugging the line on the open side. My other favorite (don't know if it helps or not) when parked next to open areas or curbs is to angle the back just slightly towards the other spot. That way they often judge their spacing by the back most edge of the car and end up further away. On the downside though if the angle is too much the other cars may follow the angle into their spot.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Wow I wonder why more garages haven't thought of that. They'd go to the top of my list.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Dan is the man - I echo all the others that cheating on the end parking space plus the foam pads is the way to do it. All honor to you, sir. Parking smart takes so little extra time and effort, and it's so worthwhile to do it like this.

  • The irony here is that the people that go out of their way to park where there are the pads are the ones that are concerned about their cars and could likely park in a tight area without hitting anyone elses car.

  • actualsize actualsize Posts:

    Hey, liners are in, right? As long as its an end spot, that is. Place is called Wally Park. They've got locations at several airports around the country. The humorous name is merely a bonus.

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