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2014 Mazda CX-5: A Weekend Away

March 11, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

With my wife away for the weekend, I took the opportunity to escape for a few days with the other woman in my life. I packed up the CX-5 with our luggage (not surprisingly, she had the bigger bag) and took off for Phoenix.

It was our first real road trip together after nearly two years and I wasn't sure how she'd handle such a long distance. She frankly seemed a little skittish for the first two hours, but with some heavy petting and an opportune break at Chiriaco Summit just east of Palm Springs, things went smoother.

2014 Mazda CX-5

Gotcha there, didn't I?

Maggie used to get sick in the car, which wasn't exactly an ideal scenario for a guy with my profession and preferred means of travel. She's gotten better, but an hour was really the maximum time she's been in a car. This would be five times that.

I usually install her booster seat in the back, but with such a long distance I put her in the front, securing her to the cinched shoulder belt while the lap portion secured the seat itself. And now a moment to be preachy and holier than thou. Buy something like this for your dog. Actually, buy something better, because this big block of foam with a snazzy tartan cover is hardly high-tech. Or just secure them in some way, doesn't really matter how. Don't let them roam around free in your car and for the love of Pete, don't put them in your lap inches from an airbag and in the prime position to screw up your steering. They'd fare little better in an accident than a child would, and as a potential heavy projectile, wouldn't be doing you any favors, either. So don't murder your dog, K?

Hey, we're back. Maggie proved to be a wonderful little travel companion after taking her for a walk at Chiriaco Summit. You'll note in the photo above that it's home to the General Patton museum, complete with a statue of the good general and his own dog. After that pit stop, Maggie's nervous and abnormally heavy panting was replaced with mostly napping and general contentment. She was even eager to get back in after we stopped for another walk and a more vital re-fuel just 20 miles from our destination. The wind was not doing the CX-5's fuel economy and range any favors.

As for the CX-5? Well, I have tons of impressions, but I wanted to separate those from dog talk. Stay tuned.

2014 Mazda CX-5

James Riswick, Automotive Editor, and Maggie @ 2,880 miles

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