All the Utility You Need - 2014 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

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2014 Mazda CX-5: All the Utility You Need

September 10, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

It's easy to convince yourself that you need something bigger than a compact SUV. Anyone with more than two kids can probably justify it without much trouble, but for everyone else, compact SUVs make perfect sense.

I drove our 2014 Mazda CX-5 over Labor Day weekend and found its size perfectly suited for all the boring stuff you end up dealing with when you have an extra day off. As you can see, some new additions to the yard fit without even trying and the seats are a snap to fold when you need serious cargo space.

Parking is also a piece of cake in the CX-5 as it will fit into a spot even when fellow drivers don't bother to stay between the lines. The blind-spot warning system works well even though I try not to rely on it and the backup camera has a good range of view to complement a look over your shoulder.

I think the best part of the CX-5 is the fact that you don't feel like you're driving a four-cylinder SUV. It's quick to respond to steering and throttle inputs and the suspension doesn't let it keel over on sharp turns. Engine and road noise is kept in check as well, so it remains comfortable in most driving situations. In other words, a perfect match for a holiday weekend.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 16,654 miles

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